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Buried power cables can be deadly. It’s important that you check for buried cables before you dig.
The OSH publication 'Guide for safety with underground services' outlines the methods we recommend you follow if you are digging. You need to get all available maps of the area from all utility providers, including EA Networks, and you should use a cable locator before digging.
Your Guide to Working on the Road and Staying Alive is also a valuable resource for contractors, created by The New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group.
Please give us a call before you dig so that you can check and see if we are able to help.
Even if you do have maps showing the location of cables, we still recommend you use a cable locating contractor to locate cables.