Mr Matthew Bale

Principal Engineer, Safearth

Matthew is Principal Electrical Engineer at Safearth and manager of a team of engineering consultants across offices in 5 states. Having worked at Ausgrid for nearly a decade Matthew has since been a full time earthing specialist for over 10 years and worked in all industries including power, mining, oil and gas, heavy industry and rail. Matthew is an expert practitioner in all areas related to earthing and lightning, a trainer, conference presenter, author of numerous subject papers and has recently co-written the revised ENA Substation Earthing Guide.  He has investigated a number of electrical incidents including as expert witness for the NSW Department of Planning and Industry in the Cudal matter.

Matthew is a degree qualified engineer, holds a Masters of Business and Technology from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and is a Certified Practicing Engineer and Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland.

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Key Learnings from an Earthing Related Electrical Fatality


In 2014 a resident was electrocuted in the shower at their home, a caretaker cottage near a small country NSW quarry operation. Safearth was selected by the NSW Mines Safety Regulator to perform a forensic engineering investigation into the nature and cause of the fatality. The findings were staggering with a number of contributing breakdowns, […]


How do you earth portable generators to Australian Standards?

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