Transgrid boosts safety with pole and tower rescue training

Transgrid workers conducting safety training drills
Transgrid workers conducting safety training drills

Network operator Transgrid has continued to demonstrate its commitment to workplace health and safety with its latest training day ensuring contractors are highly skilled in pole and tower rescue techniques. 

A team of line workers from NSW South Coast company On The Wire travelled to Transgrid’s training facility in Western Sydney recently to complete a mandatory annual course to ensure ongoing safe inspections of the electricity network. 

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Transgrid training delivery team leader David Moore said attendees participated in a simulated exercise on both a pole and a tower where they had to rescue a manikin or ‘unconscious fellow worker’ who slipped while inspecting high-voltage wires. 

“Our employees and contractors are working hard every day to provide a safe, reliable and affordable energy supply for consumers,” Moore said. 

“Our 13,000km of high-voltage transmission lines are powering more than three million homes and businesses. 

“The safety and welfare of our people and the broader community is our highest priority. Our comprehensive training program is a key part of building the capabilities of our teams, injury prevention, and health and safety risk management. 

“We were delighted to host the team from On The Wire at our Wallgrove training facility to undertake comprehensive training in pole and tower rescue. This mandatory annual training will ensure they benefit from the latest techniques and keep themselves and each other safe while working on our network.” 

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Transgrid provides safety and compliance training for employees and contractors including pole and tower rescue, substation structure rescue, low voltage rescue, CPR and the Power System Safety Rules. 

Transgrid provided more than 12,300 online and onsite courses to over 3,600 people in the past year. Onsite training is conducted at all regional depots and the organisation’s purpose-built facility at Wallgrove (Eastern Creek).

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