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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)


Electrical Machinery Regulations, 2011

19. Overhead power lines


(1) A supplier, employer or user shall cause the supports, clearances, insulators and fittings and conductors for power lines to be designed, installed and maintained in accordance with the relevant health and safety standard incorporated into these Regulations under section 44 of the Act.


(2) The supplier, employer or user shall cause the distance of any power line from an explosives magazine to comply with the requirements of the Explosives Act, 1956 (Act No. 26 of 1956).


(3) A supplier, employer or user shall cause the clearance of conductors and other wires over the normal high-water level of power lines crossing over water to be not less than the values for power lines above the ground outside townships: Provided that if the owner of the land on which the water is situated requires a greater clearance and no agreement between the supplier, user or owner of the land can be reached, the dispute shall be referred to the chief inspector for a decision.


(4) No person shall construct any road, railway, tramway, communication line, other power line, building or structure, or place any material or soil under or in the vicinity of a power line, which will encroach on the appropriate minimum clearances required in terms of subregulation (1).


(5) No person shall encroach in person or with objects on the minimum safety clearances required in terms of subregulation (1) or require or permit any other person to do so except by permission of the supplier, employer or user operating the power line.


(6) The supplier or user of power lines shall control vegetation in order to prevent it from encroaching on the minimum safety clearance of the power lines and the owner of the vegetation shall permit such control.


(7) The employer or user shall ensure that all supports of the lattice type which are used to carry overhead conductors or live parts of other electrical equipment are adequately protected in order to prevent any unauthorized person from coming into dangerous proximity of the conductors by climbing such supports, and an inspector may require an employer or user similarly to protect a support of any other type.