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Respect the Power campaign is brought to you by 33,000 volts

Have you seen our new #RespectThePower social media campaign raising awareness of powerline safety at work and at home? Homeowners and workers are being reminded that powerlines can be unforgiving, even lethal.

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There were 65 serious electrical incidents involving contact with overhead powerlines in Queensland between 2010 and 2017 - nine of them were fatal.

The adverts are a graphic reminder that touching powerlines or straying into exclusion zones could injure or kill you or your crew. The exclusion zone around most powerlines is three metres, which is the minimum safe distance for workers and any equipment they are using. High voltage powerlines between 132kV and 330kV have a minimum exclusion zone of six metres, and over 330kV is eight metres.

If you have to work near powerlines, don’t underestimate the distance of exclusion zones and make sure you:

  • develop a safe system of work before you start
  • keep your workers and contractors informed about electrical safety
  • stay outside exclusion zones.

You don't even have to make direct contact with a powerline for it to kill you. Electricity can arc from powerlines to you and your tools. The impact can be instant and lethal. To protect yourself, locate powerlines before you begin work, stay at least three metres away from them and always carry your ladder horizontally, never vertically.

More information

The Electrical Safety Office has a range of resources for those working around powerlines. Check them out at

Last updated
11 June 2018

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