The burst of May rains and a rush to planting by grain farmers has prompted a warning on the dangers of working near powerlines.
ETSA Utilities and ElectraNet (respectively responsible for the distribution and transmission of electricity in SA) have launched a joint “Look Up and Live” campaign, highlighting the dangers for farmers.
ETSA Utilities’ Chief Executive Officer Mr Lew Owens said the risk of electric shock from working or operating near high voltage powerlines should not be underestimated.
“Grain farmers will be working hard to take advantage of the welcome rains we have had in May,” Mr Owens said. “But they need to make sure they are working safely, particularly in operating machinery near powerlines.
“You don’t have to touch a powerline to be killed. Even operating close to powerlines can be fatal.”
Ian Stirling, ElectraNet’s Chief Executive Officer said people need to be conscious of the relative height of machinery and powerlines.
“How close you can safely work near powerlines depends on their voltage and the weather conditions. Generally the higher the voltage, the greater the safe clearance distance required.
“ETSA Utilities and ElectraNet remain committed to ongoing community education to ensure all South Australians remember to Look Up and Live,” he said.
Key points to remember include:
• Always check the proximity of powerlines to your activity before starting work;
• Check the clearance between equipment and overhead wires;
• If you are going to be anywhere near or around powerlines, find out first what the safe clearance distances are. If in any doubt, contact ETSA Utilities on 13 12 61.
ElectraNet and ETSA Utilities
ElectraNet manages South Australia’s high voltage electricity transmission network, providing the high capacity link that connects electricity generators to the distribution network operated by ETSA Utilities, which supplies more than 790,000 residential and business customers.
ElectraNet Helen Robinson
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