A vulnerable group of workers who require extra attention, especially when dangerous activities are underway are apprentices which is why Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is reminding all employers about the importance of supervision of these vulnerable workers during flood recovery works.
Inspectors from the Electrical Safety Office have come across incidents involving electrical apprentices performing electrical work without proper supervision during flood recovery activities in North Queensland.
While electrical services may be in high demand after natural disasters and incidents like this, apprentices require adequate supervision in line with the type of work being conducted, the skill level of the worker, level of risk associated with the task and the supervisory experience of the person supervising them.
The safety authority warned that electrical work being conducted in flood damaged electrical installations has risks such as
- damaged electrical equipment
- exposed live wires
- temporary sources of supply in use – generators and solar PV systems