EnergySafe Magazine Summer 2018, issue 49 - Page 4

04 Latest news Members of the ESVConnect Project Team: Praveen Puri, Yashodha Rajapakse, Sarah Sanderson, Trish Zupan, Neil Fraser, Faisal Zahir, David Bibby, Junayed Chowdhury ESV hosts COES workshops By Sarah Sanderson, Engagement Lead, ESVConnect Project Team In our last energysafe edition, we announced the launch of ESVConnect — our new platform for online services — and the release of its first workflow, the Registration of Cathodic Protection Systems. The ESVConnect project team is now getting ready to start work on renewing the Certificates of Electrical Safety (COES) process. The first step is to understand the scenarios where COES impact industry work practices. Three redeveloped processes — the Registration of Electrical Contractors (REC), Licensing of Electrical Workers (LEW) and, Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES) will go live together. Discussions with Industry about COES Between 12-15 February, our project team hosted six workshops at The Hub in Docklands. Over 50 people took the time to share with us their experience with COES and how it impacts their working day. The team spoke with licensed electrical workers, electrical contractors and their support teams, electrical inspectors, union representatives, educators, and distribution company staff. Focus of the workshop The focus of the workshops was to understand: » situations you find yourself in where COES cause you grief, and » situations you find yourself in where COES works just fine. Ongoing conversation The project team will continue to engage with the industry to inform the design and development of the new COES process. Join the COES Reference Group A COES Reference Group has been created as an outcome of the workshops. If you did not get the chance to attend one of our workshops and are interested in being part of this group, please contact us at coesworkshops@energysafe.vic.gov.au to start the conversation. J oin our COES Reference Group coesworkshops@energysafe. vic.gov.au Tragic death prompts new call to Look Up and Live By Anitra Robertson, Senior Communications and Marketing Adviser The death of a 55-year-old truck driver earlier this month has reinforced the importance of ESV’s Look Up and Live campaign. The truck’s trailer was raised when it hit powerlines and brought them down on a property in Kergunyah, south of Wodonga. The truck caught fire and it is believed the driver got out and was electrocuted. ESV is supporting WorkSafe’s investigation of the incident. ESV’s Look Up and Live awareness campaign has been in place since 2006 when three people were killed in similar but separate incidents involving a tipper hitting powerlines. In 2010 there was a further tragedy when a father and son were killed when a windmill they were moving came into contact with powerlines. Look Up and Live asks people operating heavy machinery, particularly tippers, to be aware of powerlines especially on large properties such as farms. ESV recommends the following » Understand No Go Zones. These are defined distances for safety clearances near overhead powerlines. People and equipment should be at least three metres away from live powerlines. » Monitor weather conditions closely – powerlines can sag in extreme heat and sway in strong winds. » Powerlines are more difficult to see at dawn and dusk. » Remember that electricity can jump gaps. For more information go to our website Look Up and Live campaign page. Got overhead powerlines on your property or know someone that does? Order one of our free farm safety signs to help remind farmers, truck drivers and heavy machine operators of the danger above them. To place your order, head to www.esv.vic.gov.au/merchanise