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Home Living : July 5th 2011
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 5, 2011 Unsafe work sparks warning Take heed of warnings. NSW Fair Trading has issued a timely reminder on the need to use properly licensed electricians to avoid accidents and even deaths during winter. Every year Fair Trading reports on electrical accidents. The report for 2009-10 showed there were five fatalities from 51 serious accidents compared to four fatalities from 47 accidents in 2008-09. Fair Trading Deputy Commissioner Steve Griffin said half the non-fatal accidents involved working with overhead power lines and the majority of incidents involved people who were not electrical or network workers. ''Unsafe practices were identified as a factor in four of the five electrocutions in 2009-10 and the absence of safety switches was a contributing factor in three of the fatalities,'' Mr Griffin said. Things to consider: Do not undertake do-it- yourself electrical work. All work must be carried out by a licensed electrician; Do not work live. Safe work procedures are essential for electrical workers. Risk assessment, isolation, testing and use of safety equipment are all essential; Safety switches save lives. Since 1991, the installation of safety switches on power circuits has been mandatory in new homes and additions. Since 2000 they have been mandatory on both lighting and power circuits of new houses and additions. Safety switches must be tested regularly; Observe and obey electrical hazard warning notices and entry prohibited notices; 'Look up and live' when working near overhead lines. Electricity can spark across a gap, so don't take risks. 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