Electricity is a serious hazard - overhead power lines can carry very high voltages, up to 66,000 volts.
The general public must remain at least four (4) metres from overhead lines. This applies to the lines, not the power pole.
Some work requires people or machinery to get closer than four (4) metres from power lines. This requires a Close Approach Consent from MainPower.
How to apply for a Close Approach Consent
Step 1: Read 'Close Approach to Power Lines' to learn more about your responsibilities as a consent holder and the dangers associated with electricity. Please ensure all relevant people in your organisation are aware of these hazards and requirements.
Step 2: The responsible person on site must complete (and pass) MainPower’s online training course and assessment. We strongly recommend anyone else involved with your close approach work also undertakes this assessment.
This assessment needs to be completed once every two years.
Step 3: Apply online for a Close Approach Consent (minimum two working days' notice).