The West Australian government has been urged to act quickly on promised safety reforms after an electrician died in a Perth home, but the commerce minister has indicated the changes won’t be rushed.
The man was found dead in the roof space of a Yokine property on Tuesday and it’s believed he was electrocuted.
Changes to regulations that would prohibit electrical work in energised areas and require main switches to be turned off while work is undertaken in roof spaces were announced by the WA government in August.
Electrical Trades Union branch president Greg Wilton accused the state government of dragging its feet, saying it was time to give the reforms the “priority they deserve in order to avoid any further tragedies”.
But Michael Mischin said the state government was determined to get the changes right.
“This has meant following due process and consulting widely, including with the ETU,” the minister said.
“The regulatory changes have recently been signed off for drafting, which will now take a minimum of several months, given the complexity of the changes and links with other legislation.
“In the interim, the government continues to emphasise that all work should be conducted in a de-energised environment, where it is practical to do so.”