Western Power have released new defect categories on Inspectors Orders from 21 July 2022 onwards.
The new defect categories are part of the new Inspection System Plan (ISP) which has been negotiated between Western Power and Building and Energy and are the last part of fully implementing the new ISP.
Under the old ISP there were 18 categories of serious defects ranging from Defect Cat 1A to 4D. When a serious defect was identified, this would be recorded on an Inspectors Order and the inspection sample rate for the electrical worker was identified via the notice of completion (NoC), as the completing electrical worker would have their sample rate moved back to a 1:1 work sample rate.
The other 2 categories for other defects fell under 5A and 5B. These defects were of a minor nature and when found would not affect an electrical worker's sample rate.
Under the new ISP, there are only 3 defect categories on Inspectors Orders:
When found this would move an electrical worker's sample rate back to 1:1 and may require further investigation.
When found this would move an electrical worker's sample rate back to 1:2 and may require further investigation.
When found this defect is of a minor nature with no affect on an electrical worker's sample rate.