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 overhead electrical services.
- Construction work.
- Working at height.
- Working in confined spaces.
- Deep excavation (more than 1.5m).
Working near underground services
Damage to underground pipes and cables (electrical, telecommunications, water, gas, oil, petroleum etc), service disruption, fire, explosion, electrical shock, personal injury.
- 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.
- Visit the BeforeUdig website to get plans of underground pipes and cables.
- New Zealand Utility Operators Group's guide to working safely on the road (PDF 4.15MB, 44 pages).
- National Code of Practice for Utility Operators' Access to Transport Corridors.
- NZTA's Minimum standard for utility identification and protection on road projects (PDF 626KB, 31 pages).
Service disruption, fire, explosion, electrical shock, burns.
- Get plans and safely locate overhead services before starting work.
- Understand safe approach distance rules.
- Seek advice.
Noise, vibration, hearing loss, personal injury.
- Plant and equipment maintained and quietened in accordance with industry practice.
- Work to agreed timeframes to minimise effect on people in the vicinity.
Falls from height, electrical shock, falling objects, serious injury.
- Plan a safe approach - identify and assess the hazards.
- Take appropriate precautions.
- Select suitable equipment and work systems.
- Follow best practice guidelines.
Dangerous fumes, lack of oxygen, suffocation.
- Identify the risks.
- Entry only by trained people.
Cave-in, suffocation, personal injury.
- Use safe digging practices.
- Prevent collapse – shore, bench, or batter back.
- Provide safe access and barriers.