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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 March 2010) . . Page.. 1008 ..


Ayes 9

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Doszpot

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Gallagher

Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing): On the 15th of this month, at my regular meeting with senior management of the ACT Planning and Land Authority, I was advised by the Director of Construction Services that on the previous Monday, 8 March, an electric shock incident had been reported to the ACT Planning and Land Authority’s on-call electrical inspector.

The director advised that the individual who received the electric shock was believed to be a person authorised by the commonwealth government to undertake an inspection of the insulation installation under the commonwealth government’s now defunct home insulation program.

At that time, I asked for written advice to allow me to inform the Legislative Assembly of the incident. I have now received that advice. So, with respect to the incident, I am advised that at approximately 1320 hours the on-call electrical inspector was advised by ActewAGL that a person inspecting thermal insulation at a residential premises had received an electric shock. The on-call inspector arrived on site at about 1350 hours. Also in attendance at the home were an officer from the ACT Office of Regulatory Services and an on-call officer from ActewAGL.

By this time, the person who received the electric shock had been conveyed to hospital. The home owner was then interviewed by officers from ACTPLA and ORS WorkCover. The ActewAGL officer disconnected the house from supply and the house was tested for faults in the circuits, in accordance with the Australian standard. With the house de-energised, the roof space was then inspected. No cable fault or equipment fault could be found. Power was placed back on the premises and live testing was conducted by the electrical inspector.

The electrical inspector identified voltage tracking from an electrical device in the roof space through wet ceiling and timbers in the roof space. The weather conditions at the time were clear, but rain had been experienced in the days prior to the electric shock. It was clear to the electrical inspector that rain had entered the roof space. The electrical inspector provided the homeowner with a number of recommendations regarding the installation. The electrical inspector also advised that no person should be allowed to re-enter the roof space until a person with electrical qualifications had certified the installation as being safe.

I am advised that the OH&S elements of the investigation into the shock event are ongoing and I have also asked the ACT Planning and Land Authority to provide me


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