A recent farm incident highlighted the importance of simple safety checks whenever working around high voltage overhead powerlines.
The incident resulted in the Electrical Safety Office being notified of a farm worker who received an electric shock while bagging bananas on a plant that had contacted high voltage overhead powerlines. The worker was not fatally injured, but the incident serves as a reminder of the importance of preparatory steps BEFORE doing work near powerlines.
Keep you and your workers safe by following these easy procedures:
- Check to see if any trees, branches or leaves are close to, can be blown into, or are touching powerlines.
- Notify your local electricity provider if any trees have grown into or could be blown into powerlines. Do not attempt to trim the tree yourself.
- Never plant crops, trees or tall vegetation under powerlines. If possible, relocate crops or vegetation away from powerlines.
- During storms or floods, if tall trees fall and bring down powerlines, contact your local electricity provider immediately.
- Make workers aware of the location of powerlines on the property before they start work – look up and live!
Remember, there are no safe electric shocks.
- Refer to the Electricity industry site.
- Contact Ergon Energy to report trees in powerlines.
- Visit the Ergon Energy website to read more about trees and powerlines and powerline safety.