Making Meter Work Safer for our Customers and Field Technicians

Safety is at the heart of everything we do and we are dedicated to embracing innovative solutions that enhance safety standards in the field. Thanks to members of our Gas Services Work Practices Team, Zinfra recently acquired the FAMECA Gazel Cross Pipe Tester Lead (Cross Bond Lead) that has transformed the way our people approach gas meter set work.

The device has become instrumental in preventing exposure to potentially hazardous situations and is further safeguarding our Field Technicians. In cases where voltage on the gas installation is detected, the Gazel Cross Pipe Tester leads provide team members with an early warning system, alerting our Field Technicians with flashing lights and sound.

Recently, a Gas Service Technician (GST) from Newcastle was kept safe by the FAMECA Gazel Pipe Tester while conducting routine meter work at a customer site. The device immediately sounded an alarm and the GST stopped work and escalated the issue to his Team Leader and the customer.

A licensed electrician investigating the alarm found electrical and earthing issues. The customer had also reported experiencing electrical tingles when using their water taps. The timely warning from the Gazel Pipe Tester meant potential harm to both our GST and the customer was avoided.

The approval of the FAMECA Gazel Pipe Tester was the result of a compelling pitch from the Work Practices team to the Safety Committee and subsequent management approval.

It also serves as a testament to the broader Zinfra Gas Services Team, who have an unwavering commitment to prioritising the well-being of our employees and customers.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which we operate and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Pictured: Artwork by Aboriginal artist Chern’ee Sutton from Mount Isa for our Group’s Reconciliation Action Plan.