Safety Protocol Changes to all Service Apparatus Connection Scheme (SACS) participants.

11 June 2024

Western Power issued the following update:

In alignment with Western Power’s key site responsibilities when working LIVE, the following responsibilities and requirements are to be adhered to by all members on the connection scheme (SACS, CCS). We greatly value the safety of everyone working on our network and
continue to work closely with all our stakeholders to ensure safety is always at the forefront of everything we do. Requirements and responsibilities:

  • Use of a safety observer (mandatory appointment) whilst connecting into mini/uni-pillar (working LIVE). The safety observer would need to be a licensed electrician trained in UTEDRIS011 and hold current LV rescue and first aid/CPR accreditation.
  • Annual Service Connection accreditation is to be performed at PTS, (equivalent to all Western Power staff who perform this work).
  • All existing scheme participants are to be trained in UTEDRIS011 (Install and maintain low voltage underground services) to ensure competency when connecting into mini/uni-pillars as well as underground service pits. Further advice will be communicated to all SACS participants once the training package has been finalised.

Should you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate in contacting either Alan Mincherton on 0417 016 857 or Neil Stott on 0407 681 214.