The irrigation and harvesting season has been the trigger for the launch of Aurora Energy and Transend Networks’ joint ‘Look Up Look Out’ electrical safety campaign.
The campaign raises awareness for farmers, machinery operators and the general community to stay safe and to always look for overhead powerlines.
Aurora Energy’s acting chief operations officer, distribution business, Warren Batchelor has urged people involved in high-risk occupations and recreational pursuits to take extra care when working near powerlines.
“Tip-truck and excavator operators, irrigation installers, farmers, forestry workers, anglers, hunters and four-wheel drive enthusiasts must take greater care when working or undertaking leisure activities near powerlines,” he said.
“It’s vital to remember that machinery, vehicles or loads do not have to actually touch a powerline for fatal results.”
Mr Batchelor said equipment and vehicle operators should check the location of overhead wires before they start work and they should also know the exact height of their vehicles, equipment or machinery.
“Irrigation pipes, boom sprays, plant, machinery or other conductive materials should never by stored or located under powerlines,” he said.
“We also urge farmers to take care with travelling irrigators, as the jets of water have the potential to cause the powerlines to clash together, which in turn can result in the loss of power supply, system disturbances, or even fire if the powerlines fall to the ground.”