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Working safely in the road Working safely in the road

If you plan to work in the road corridor, you need to be aware of the potential risks and what safety precautions you need to take.

This page presents information about the risks, your obligations when working on the road, and provides some additional resources.


Working near underground services

Risks

Damage to underground pipes and cables (electrical, telecommunications, water, gas, oil, petroleum etc), service disruption, fire, explosion, electrical shock, personal injury.

Your obligations

  • Get plans and know how to safely locate underground services before starting work.
  • Understand safe work practices on or around utility services in the road corridor.
  • Read and understand the National Code of Practice for Utility Operators' Access to Transport Corridors.

Resources


Working near overhead electrical services

Risks

Service disruption, fire, explosion, electrical shock, burns.

Your obligations

  • Get plans and safely locate overhead services before starting work.
  • Understand safe approach distance rules.
  • Seek advice.

Resources


Construction work

Risks

Noise, vibration, hearing loss, personal injury.

Your obligations

  • Plant and equipment maintained and quietened in accordance with industry practice.
  • Work to agreed timeframes to minimise effect on people in the vicinity.

Resources


Working at height

Risks

Falls from height, electrical shock, falling objects, serious injury.     

Your obligations

  • Plan a safe approach - identify and assess the hazards.
  • Take appropriate precautions.
  • Select suitable equipment and work systems.
  • Follow best practice guidelines.

Resources


Working in confined spaces

Risks

Dangerous fumes, lack of oxygen, suffocation.

Your obligations

  • Identify the risks.
  • Entry only by trained people.

Resources


Deep excavation (more than 1.5m)

Risks

Cave-in, suffocation, personal injury.

Your obligations

  • Use safe digging practices.
  • Prevent collapse – shore, bench, or batter back.
  • Provide safe access and barriers.

Resources


Other safety resources