Work safe near power lines

Stay safe when working near power lines

If you are planning work near power lines be aware that touching or getting too close can be fatal or lead to serious injury. 

Make sure you: 

  • Treat all lines as live at all times.
  • DO NOT go near or touch a downed line.
  • DO NOT climb any power pole or pylon.
  • LOOK UP before handling long objects or using mechanical plant. High voltage electricity can jump across gaps — you don't need to touch the lines to be seriously injured or killed.
  • BE SAFE when trimming or cutting down trees, we recommend you hire trained professionals.
  • DO NOT excavate around power poles without speaking to us first.

Building near power lines 

If building or constructing near power lines NZECP:34, The New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice 34 — Safety distances(external link), sets out minimum distances required between the building and overhead power lines. 

The distance between the building and the overhead power lines depends on the voltage and the type of line. This is a mandatory code of practice within the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.

Consents are required to work close to the Orion network 

It's free to apply for consent. Depending on the consent type, if disconnection, isolation or escorts are required costs will be applicable.  

Close approach consents are requi​red when working, excavating or constructing within 4m of overhead electric lines or electric line supports  

Excavating near power poles 

If you are excavating near a power line you must not disturb the ground around power pole, as this can make them unstable. 

Power poles have strains placed on them from the weight of the overhead conductors. Any lowering of the depth of the ground around a pole can weaken the support of the pole causing it to fall. If in doubt call us on 0800 363 9898 to discuss your plans.