Working safely near Western Power's operational assets

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

Course Duration

Half Day

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

PPE/PPC & Equipment Requirements

PTSWA training room standards apply:

  • smart casual attire (no shorts)
  • enclosed footwear

See the Western Power PPE Procedure for more information about the requirements

Note: Power Training Services does not provide PPE, PPC and tools for training courses.


Written assessments are included in the course.
Participants will need to demonstrate the required knowledge and the necessary practical skills in line with the learning outcomes.
Participants will not be considered to have completed this course until all assessments have been completed to a satisfactory level.


Certificate of Attendance

Associated Authorisations

None associated

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