Staying safe with buried power cables around your home

Many of us know that contractors have to look out for buried power cables when they are doing roadworks.  But did you know that there might be power cables buried around your house as well?

Many houses built since the 1980s have underground power supplied. This means there may be an underground power cable (your service line) connecting your house to the network cables that run under the strip of land between your house and the road.

Buried cables can present a serious and potentially fatal hazard if you damage them.  You should always check for buried cables before digging and before driving stakes, fence posts or warratahs into the ground on your property or in the strip of land between your property and the road. 

Unsure where cables are located?

We can advised property owners whether there are buried services lines or network cables on or near your property.

If there are cables near where you are planning to work, you should have a cable locate carried out. Network Tasman approved cable location services are available from these contractors -

DELTA Utility Services:  Ph 03 543 8071 or Power Trace:  Ph 03 545 8300.

We are here to help

Get in touch with us at if you have to dig near where a cable has been found and we can discuss how to complete the job safely. 

Phone Network Tasman faults immediately on 0800 508 100 if you accidentally hit an underground cable, even if there appears to be no damage. 

For more safety tips visit our website and download a copy of our Keep Yourself Safe brochure Keep Yourself Safe