News & Views

11th April 2016

Robina electrocution reinforces dangers of working live

11 Apr 2016

Yesterday’s tragic death of a retired electrician on the Gold Coast reinforces the dangers of working with live electricity, said the CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Mr Suresh Manickam.

Initial investigations of this incident by Queensland’s Electrical Safety Office have found that a man received a fatal electrical shock after entering the ceiling space in a home in Robina. The man was believed to be attempting to install a new power point in the home.

“This incident reminds us that firstly, no one without a current licence should do electrical work and secondly, even with a current licence, it’s imperative that all equipment is correctly isolated and tested before touching an electrical cable.”

“NECA, yet again reminds all electrical contractors and electricians of the critical need to be vigilant when working with live electricity,” Mr Manickam said.

“We remind consumers to always seek out a licensed electrical contractor for any electrical work.”



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Notes for editors

  1. NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
  2. NECA is run by electrical contractors, for electrical contractors.
  3. We have 5,000 contracting companies as members – and they in turn employ over 50,000 people Australia-wide.
  4. NECA employs almost 350 people across its seven chapters (Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia).
  5. The chapters provide NECA members with a range of services including: Industrial Relations, Health & Safety, Legal, Technical, Training, business-support services, product discounts and advocacy representation in Canberra with Government, Industry bodies and Training bodies.
  6. NECA wholly-owns its Legal firm, Group Training and the NECA Colleges (in WA) and EcoSmart Electricians – and has joint ventures with a superannuation company (NSW) and one of the national cabling registrars (ACRS).
  7. NECA also employ around 2,000 apprentice electricians and provides training to a further 2,000.

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