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Erecting, dismantling and use of scaffold near overhead powerlines

If the erected scaffold or erection process causes scaffold components to come anywhere above or within 5 metres below and 4.6 metres horizontally to the side electrical powerline and, then a Permit to Work (PTW) from the power distribution company may be required for the work to proceed.

To ensure workers are not put at risk from overhead powerlines during the erecting and dismantling, or use of the scaffold; it is essential the power distribution company is contacted for advice and information if the scaffold or components will be within the No Go Zone.

Energy Safe Victoria and Worksafe Victoria consider that the use of an ‘ESV Spotter’ is not an adequate measure to control No Go Zone risks during the erection and dismantling of scaffolding. If erecting scaffolding within the No Go Zone the asset owner (Distribution Business, or traction company) must be contacted.

ESV produces stickers (pictured below) outlining the exclusions listed above. These are available to tradespeople via our Merchandise page.

Sticker - Scaffolding clearances BW 110w x 125 h

Guidelines for scaffolding

Contact us

If you have questions about No Go Zones or scaffolding and working around powerlines, contact our Safety Outcomes Assurance team on (03) 9203 9700 or by email at