Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

ETU SAFETY BAN ON ALL WORK RELATING TO Post “A” PRIVATE POLES

Bruce Fan - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Last week ETU overhead delegates from across Ausgrid met with management in a bid to come up with a safer system of work to deal with the workplace hazard of Post A (private) poles. The result of that meeting was a modified tool box talk which addresses our outstanding concerns and covers the new procedure as well as the introduction of an iAuditor pole assessment work instruction template created to enable a proper hazard assessment of Post A Poles. The ETU through our delegates is now satisfied that these two processes if followed correctly, will control the hazard. As a result of these improvements agreed to by Ausgrid; The Safety Ban on working on Post A Poles is now lifted subject to the following;

  1. Work can only occur on Post A pole after you have received the latest tool box talk and the associated instructions and understood them.
  2. The iAuditor pole assessment work instruction template must be used by all staff to assess the condition of private A poles prior to commencing work.

The meeting last week also discussed longer term solutions to problems identified which need to be developed including;

  • Improved Training requirements, scheduling and methods for delivery of training (classroom or in field)
  • Pre-inspection of poles during the planning phase
  • An on-going review and monitoring of Field Services A Pole inspection template (work instruction) on iAuditor

 

The ETU and Ausgrid have also committed to discuss private A pole specifications with members of the appropriate regulatory committees that are responsible for making representation on Ausgrid's behalf for asset issues affecting NSW Service and Installation Rules and application Australian Standards. These discussions will include making representations for the standards to insist on private poles being made of a material which is not subject to the corrosion that a steel pole is.

Mark Buttigieg

ETU Organiser

0417 208 447

Launch of ETU Active for ETU Honorary Members

Peter Moss - Thursday, August 09, 2018

ETU SAFETY BAN ON ALL WORK RELATING TO Post “A” REMAINS IN PLACE

Bruce Fan - Monday, August 06, 2018

UPDATE 4.30PM: POST A PRIVATE POLES.

Paul Lister - Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Following urgent discussions with Ausgrid management this afternoon the ETU has agreed that work on Post A private poles can only proceed where an elevated work platform (EWP) is used. In circumstances where an EWP is used to perform work on Post A private poles all Ausgrid procedures relating to work on Post A private poles should be followed.

THE BAN ON CLIMBING POST A PRIVATE POLES REMAINS IN PLACE AND NO ETU MEMBERS SHOULD CLIMB POST A PRIVATE POLES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

If any members have doubts, questions or concerns relating to the use of EWP’s for Post A private pole work or the climbing ban you should immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser Anthony O’Sullivan (0429 429 234).

In unity,
Anthony O’Sullivan
ETU Organiser

IMMEDIATE WORK BAN ON ALL POST A PRIVATE POLES

Paul Lister - Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The ETU has been made aware of an incident that occurred yesterday where a Post A private pole collapsed whilst an Ausgrid employee was climbing the pole. This incident has resulted in the hospitalisation of the employee.

The union has always opposed the climbing of Post A poles due to the uncertainty of their installation and the inability to fully test the poles integrity. For that reason the ETU has moved this morning to ban all work on Post A private poles until an investigation has been undertaken and corrective action agreed to.

If any members have doubts, questions or concerns relating to this work ban you should immediately contact your workplace delegate or ETU organiser Anthony O’Sullivan (0429 429 234).

In unity, 
Anthony O’Sullivan
ETU Organiser

Notice To Members 25 June 2018

Bruce Fan - Monday, June 25, 2018

ETU Youth Meeting - June 14

Paul Lister - Monday, June 04, 2018

Come and join us on Thursday 14 June for pizza and beer and to talk about issues affecting electrical apprentices in the work place.

Come along and meet Tara Koot, the ETU's apprentice officer, have your say and meet other like minded electrical apprentices.

FRIABLE ASBESTOS FOUND AT AUSGRID DEPOT

Bruce Fan - Monday, June 04, 2018

If you are an ex-Ausgrid employee and think that you may have had exposure at Hornsby Depot, please email the company at;

askausgrid@ausgrid.com.au and copy me in at markb@etunsw.asn.au

Or telephone health services on; 02 49101413 

Friable asbestos found at Hornsby depot

Peter Moss - Tuesday, May 22, 2018
On Friday 18th May the presence of friable Asbestos was identified in Building #3 at Hornsby Depot. We were notified by our workplace delegate David Learoyd. As a result, the ETU placed an immediate ban on all access to Building 3 until further notice.
Ausgrid have since contacted the union and are moving to put measures in place to deal with the asbestos material in the building as well as ascertain the nature of potential exposure of employees to the asbestos and what measures can be taken to deal with this exposure.
After having several discussions with our depot delegate as well as contact from Ausgrid managers, this afternoon I wrote to Ausgrid with an initial view on what the union expects as a result. Below in blue is the text of that correspondence;
My understanding is that there are significant amounts of asbestos containing material throughout Building 3 at Hornsby. It is also my understanding that falling dust from the ceiling has been an ongoing problem identified by staff in that building for many years without concrete action to rectify.
The fact that there has now been a positive identification of friable asbestos debris and significant amounts of asbestos in the building and that such a known hazard has been allowed to persist for so long is of great concern to the ETU. Following are our initial requirements;
1. Please write to us with a detailed plan of what Ausgrid proposes to do to with respect to;

a) The methodology used to identify all employees and their families who have been exposed to the substance.
b) The screening of those employees and their families of exposure and the possible ingestion of asbestos fibres.
c) De contamination of associated equipment, vehicles and clothes.
d) Medical assessment of the likely impact of potential exposure if that ingestion of asbestos is unascertainable.
e) Counselling for staff who require it.
f) Compensation to staff for exposure.

2. Removal of all asbestos from Building 3 prior to any staff being allowed entry or demolition of Building 3 in accordance with the “hierarchy of controls” contained Ausgrid’s hazard assessment and removal protocol i.e. 1. “engineering out the hazard”.
3. Steps taken to identify asbestos which may exist in other parts of Hornsby Depot and the rest of Ausgrid’s infrastructure and their contemporary state.
4. Site lead delegate Dave Learoyd to be present at all management meetings concerning this issue.

Monday 28th May. Hornsby Depot.
9am-10am;
Meeting between myself Dave Learoyd, Stephen Lillis and Craig Hersant and others involved to update us on the progress of the issue in the context of the above points and other points Ausgrid may have considered.

10am-11am;
Meeting between myself and all Hornsby based employees and other employees that may have been exposed to report back on progress.


It is our view that Ausgrid have dropped the ball with respect to asbestos management and that the Memorandum of Understanding from a few years back regarding the resourcing of the Asbestos Management Unit has not been adhered to. As a result, we will be redoubling our efforts to ensure that asbestos is escalated as a priority for Ausgrid and that the memorandum document is adhered to.

​In the meantime, if members have any information regarding asbestos hazards which the organisation is not aware of please contact me with the details.

In Unity,

MARK BUTTIGIEG
0417208447

CEPU Financial Accounts 2017

Paul Lister - Thursday, May 17, 2018

In accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Registered Organisation Act 2009 the CEPU Electrical Division, NSW Branch (the Branch) has made available to members the complete financial report and associated documents for 2017.

By law the Branch must provide a copy of their financial report to members, this can be downloaded from the members area after logging in.

Click here to access the CEPU 2017 financial report.