Last year there were 54 incidents involving overhead powerline contact in Queensland’s agriculture industry – including some fatalities.
Powerlines are very hard to see, so there's no last minute reminder that they’re there. Any business that plants, harvests, sprays, irrigates or uses aerial applications near powerlines should have a powerline safety plan and consider having overhead powerline markers (Rotamarkas) installed.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has partnered with Ergon Energy and Energex to offer farmers belonging to any of QFF’s 20 industry members a 50 per cent co-contribution to install up to 10 rotamarkers at a cost of $100 each on their properties.
- Member of a QFF member organisation (view QFF members).
- Have downloaded or utilised the Look Up and Live APP or web page tool.
- Have completed an on-farm risk assessment and/or a powerline safety plan, which identifies where Rotamarkas (as a control measure) could make a real difference (template Safe Ag Systems).
- Have completed the Rural Electrical Safety Awareness Micro-credential which is an online introductory course providing foundation skills in how to work safely with electrical equipment in rural workplaces and is currently being offered fee free.
Applications close 16 December 2021 and the claim form for receiving the co-contribution can be accessed at QFF website.