When you plan to work near overhead lines or power poles it is a legal requirement that you follow the minimum safe distances as set down by New Zealand Electrical Code of Practice – NZECP 34:2001 Electrical Safe Distances.
Follow the four metre rule: All work activity must be kept at least four metres from overhead lines. If you need to work closer to our overhead lines you must get a Close Approach Consent. It takes two working days to process this consent
Do not dig within five metres of one of our power poles without a Close Approach Consent. Depending on the depth of excavations, you may need additional pole supports to prevent poles collapsing. We can advise you and will provide supervision in some cases.
For more information or to book a cable location phone Northpower Faults on 0800 10 40 40.