Stobie pole reflectors developed to reduce collisions

SA Power Networks has revealed on Saturday a tractor on a rural property north of Adelaide hit a Stobie pole, which can be potentially fatal.

On average, there are more than 20 incidents each year where farm machinery hit Stobie poles and power lines, resulting in outages and damage to power assets and farming equipment.

SA Power Networks says Saturday’s incident didn’t injure anyone, but impacted 35 customers in the area.

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In a bid to reduce the number of collisions, reflective markers in the form of yellow corner cube delineators have been developed. These are designed to increase visibility of Stobie poles, thus reducing the likelihood of incidents.

The initiative comes after direct feedback from landowners with concerns of Stobie visibility while operating farming machinery, wanting a simple approach.

Following the feedback and in partnership with Safe Work SA and Grain Producers SA, SA Power Networks developed the simple approach. A trial of the reflectors has received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

To pick up free reflectors, contact SA Power networks on 13 12 61.

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