Preparing to rough in electrical cables

This guidance for electricians asks questions and uses examples to help remove or reduce the risks to health and safety when roughing in electrical cables.



You can adapt this example to your own job and help create a safer working environment.

One in three injuries on construction sites involve everyday tools and equipment. So make sure you don't take shortcuts with your gear and use the right tools for the job.

Take time to prepare your site. Stop, Step back, and Think.

1. Stop

What job needs to be done? Do I have the right tools?

What's the job?

Roughing in electrical cables before plastering.

List the tools you need

  • electrical cables
  • drill
  • hammers
  • pliers
  • cable drum stand
  • ladder

2. Step back

Take a moment to ask:

Where is the job located?

A new housing estate.

How long will the job take?

1 week.

How many tradies do I need?

  • 1 electrician
  • 1 apprentice

What do I have to do?

Rough in all cables and install backing plates for all the power points prior to plastering.

What's been quoted as part of the job?

  • Materials: electrical cable and backing plates.
  • Rough in all cables.

Will the work impact on others?


What hazards need to be fixed before I start?


3. Think

Make sure your equipment is in safe working order. Know what to do when arriving on site.

Are the tools in good condition and appropriate to task?

No. The cable drum reel has a broken leg. The ladder has a broken stile.

What do I need to do before I'm on site?

  • Get the cable drum reel replaced.
  • Buy a new ladder.

What do I need to do when I arrive on site?

Report to the site supervisor and get inducted onto the site.

Check Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • hearing protection
  • eye protection
  • protective gloves