What Is A Spotter2018-10-04T03:02:05+00:00

What is a Spotter?

A Spotter is also known as a Safety Observer, The Spotter’s main role is to minimise risk of electrocution, contact with pipelines, vicinity to power lines and electrical conductors. The Spotter’s duty is to observe the operation of the mobile plant, to warn the equipment operator when they are about to encroach into the No Go Zones surrounding an overhead or an underground asset.

Distribution overhead power lines – No Go Zones

Distribution overhead power lines range in voltage from 240V up to 66,000V (66kV). Distribution overhead power lines also include electrical overheads for traction assets for trams and trains.

  • For any work outside 6.4m from overhead power lines no specific requirements are established for an authorised spotter.
  • For any work between 3.0m and 6.4m from an overhead power line, a registered spotter is required. This is known as the Spotter Zone.
  • For any work within 3.0m from an overhead power line, permission from the relevant network operator is required.

Transmission overhead power lines – No Go Zones

Transmission overhead power lines range in voltage from 132kV up to 500kV. They are installed on towers or steel poles.

  • For work outside 10.0m from overhead power lines no specific requirements are established for an authorised spotter.
  • For any work between 10.0m and 8.0m from an overhead power line, a registered spotter is required. This is known as the Spotter Zone.
  • For any work within 8.0m from an overhead power line, permission from the relevant network operator is required.