Posted on September 3, 2019

Safety audits of plumbing businesses performing electrical work


Plumbers who perform electrical work under their QBCC trade contractor licence are deemed to hold an electrical contractor licence. The Electrical Safety Office is auditing plumbers performing restricted electrical work as part of their business to ensure they are meeting their electrical safety duties.

ESO audits all electrical contractors to ensure that electrical work is:

  • only performed by appropriately licensed workers
  • performed safely
  • tested to ensure it is safe.

The audits also cover requirements for energised electrical work, isolation and lock out procedures, and documentation and record keeping requirements.

While compliance audits are a good opportunity to engage with an electrical safety inspector, they may also identify failures to meet some of your electrical safety duties. This will result in enforcement action, which could include statutory notices being issued. You will need to comply with these notices and inspectors will follow up to ensure you do.

Posted on August 22, 2019

Segregation of telecommunications and electrical cabling


Electrical contractors, electrical workers and metering providers involved in the roll out of smart meters must ensure that antenna/communication wiring systems are suitably segregated from electrical wiring in accordance with the Wiring Rules.

Wiring systems must be selected and installed in a way to avoid any detrimental effects arising between:

  • electrical installations and telecommunication/data cable installations
  • different electrical installations
  • different parts of the same electrical installation
  • circuits operating at different voltages
  • circuits supplying different safety services
  • safety services and the remainder of the electrical installation
  • electrical installations and non-electrical installations, such as gas and water supply. 

Recently, a coaxial cable was found inside a domestic electrical switchboard without suitable segregation from low voltage electrical cabling (pictured below). This presented an electrical safety risk if there was a breakdown in cable insulation.

Posted on August 21, 2019

Unterminated cables can cause electric shock

Cables - High voltage installations Port Moresby, PNG

Live unterminated cables are a serious risk to everyone, not just electrical workers. These cables are often the result of someone failing to ensure all electrical equipment in an installation has been connected. Live unterminated cables can often remain undetected as the usual electrical tests may not always identify them. This is why your visual inspection is essential, and why the Wiring Rules requires it to be performed before conducting further tests.

Your visual inspection needs to be conducted using a well-developed site plan that identifies all equipment. Drawings must be updated when changes are made to reflect the actual final installation (as-constructed). If the client asks for another socket-outlet, include it on the plan immediately.

When you conduct a walkthrough of the completed job, mark off each item to ensure nothing has been overlooked. If something listed on the plan is missing, it’s highly likely that the site has an unterminated cable.

Always treat unterminated cables as live until you have proven otherwise. If you find unterminated cables, either remove them if they are no longer required or disconnect them from supply and enclose them in a suitable enclosure such as a junction box.

For more information please contact our friendly team at PME

+675 3253533


Posted on August 9, 2019

The Importance of having an Electrical Engineer on a Construction Site


When you think of a construction site you most likely go straight to the picture of tradies working primarily on building and concreting. But there is a key role that needs to be on a construction site at all times to prevent a lot of potential emergencies and accidents. And that’s an electrical engineer. 

An electrical engineer is responsible for ensuring that all configuration and installation  of electrical systems are compliant with all safety regulations. At PME PNG we ensure that all of our work sites have an electrical engineer on site at all times. We also work with only the best electrical engineers, so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. 

We offer a comprehensive range of electrical servicing and design so that you can always have the right work completed for your project. 

Posted on December 17, 2018

Port Moresby Electrical: Celebrating 50 Years


At Port Moresby Electrical, we’re so excited to be celebrating our 50 years of operation in 2018!

We’ve been delivering our electrical and engineering expertise to Papua New Guinea since 1968 and we couldn’t be more proud. With clients from the mining, oil & gas and construction industries we’ve delivered over 1 million man hours without any lost time to injury.

Posted on November 28, 2018

Safety Tips for Summer Construction


Safety Tips for Summer Construction

Working in construction has some great perks – one of which is being able to get out of an office and work in the sunshine. But in the hotter months of the year this stops being a perk and can actually become very dangerous.

Working for long hours in extreme heat and direct sun can escalate the dangers of construction and put your team at risk of a number of health issues such as sunburn, dehydration and heatstroke.

So we’ve put together a few easy to follow tips to ensure your workers’ safety is always your main priority and you can avoid any unnecessary negative effects on your your workers’ health.

Posted on November 1, 2018

Construction Worker Fatigue


Fighting and Preventing Construction Worker Fatigue

Worker fatigue on a construction site can not only slow down production and lead to silly mistakes, but in this industry, it can be fatal. Construction sites are full of hazards already, so the risk of accidents and injuries is largely increased when fatigue is added into mix.

Fatigue can be mental or physical or even both, and can be caused by a great number of factors including extended hours, increased workload, personal issues or illness. So making sure you know what’s happening with your workers on site and even in their home lives is crucial.

Posted on October 9, 2018

How to Choose the Right Commercial Generator for your Business


Working in the pacific islands, particularly PNG, we’ve all learned the hard way that power and electricity are not as stable as they are in other places around the world. This means that for your business to run smoothly, on-time and on-budget, a generator can be the key to your project’s success.

But choosing the right commercial generator is more than running down to the local hardware store and buying what’s on sale and fits in your truck. There’s a lot of factors that you’ll need to consider to ensure you’re getting the best solution for your business.

Posted on August 3, 2018

Procurement strategy in construction


A Guide to Procurement Strategy for Construction

Procurement is key to improving business profitability and performance. It can streamline operations, maximise outputs and identify better sources of supply. Today, businesses face increasing challenges as expectations for value-driven procurement rise.