Working safely near Western Power's operational assets

This half-day course will provide participants with a familiarisation of Western Power’s Network and the processes that are required to ensure all work is conducted safely.

Who should attend

Recommended for people operating plant and equipment near overhead powerlines or persons responsible for planning or supervising work near overhead powerlines involving plant and equipment. The course is also suitable for people excavating near Western Power’s operational assets.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes

As a result of attending this course participants should be able to identify:

  • the difference between the two Western Power Network systems
  • the factors which affect severity of electrical shock
  • what causes step potential
  • the essential safe practices when working near overhead powerlines
  • safe working distances from overhead powerlines
  • the purpose of the Vicinity Authority
  • the correct order of the Western Power excavation process
  • the safe approach distance to Western Power underground assets
  • three possible excavation control measures

Dress standards

PTS dress standards apply as training is classroom based.


Assessments are included in this course. Participants will not be considered to have completed this course until all assessments have been completed to a satisfactory level.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.