The state of electrical work during lockdown
With snap lockdowns and stay-at-home orders now affecting millions of Australians, NECA has been in contact with Building and Energy to garner what electrical work can and can’t be done during lockdown.
In a nutshell:
- B&E’s advice is that electrical workers can continue to work as long as they wear masks.
- B&E is not aware of a specific ban on work being done in private homes.
- However, it is an expectation that the electrical contractors will use common sense when deciding if residential work is essential. B&E’s advice is to avoid non-essential residential work during the lockdown.
- Ultimately though, it is up to individual electrical businesses to make the call about whether they are prepared to perform such work or not.
- Commercial and industrial sites can continue to operate provided workers wear masks and adhere to the site safety plan.
- Contractors working on partially constructed residential properties can work provided they also wear masks and adhere to the site safety plan.
These recommendations were initially published in February 2020.