Look up and live – powerlines and safety on farms
Powerlines are an integral part of our outdoor landscape, which makes them easy to forget. With the sun in your eyes, trees in your line of vision or if you are watching something else, you may not see how close you are to powerlines.
Always be aware of what is above you if your work involves:
- using tall machinery, such as cranes or augers
- driving high vehicles
- raising the tipper tray of trucks
- raising equipment such as irrigation pipes overhead, and / or
- climbing on top of machinery or storage silos.
Read our Look up and live brochure, here.
Trucks and powerlines on farms
Everyone involved in the delivery of materials has a duty of care to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
Safety tips when working around powerlines on farms:
- identify all areas where powerlines cross properties
- identify all electrical hazards before starting work – if in any doubt contact the local electricity distribution company
- relocate bulk delivery storage sites to a safe area away from powerlines
- suppliers of bulk materials must ascertain, when taking orders, the delivery point on the farm for the load, the proximity of powerlines and what safety precautions are in place should there be powerlines in the vicinity
- never raise the tray of tipper trucks when underneath powerlines
- drivers should refuse to deliver loads if their safety is compromised in any way
- ensure a spotter is on hand when working near overhead powerlines
- display Look up and live stickers on any machinery or equipment that is raised overhead
- monitor weather conditions closely – remember powerlines can sag in extreme heat and sway in strong winds
- powerlines are more difficult to see at dawn and dusk
- remember that electricity can jump gaps.
Order one of our free farm delivery safety signs in our Merchandise section.
Recreation activities near powerlines
Recreation activities, such as sailing, flying a kite or model plane or climbing trees can also be a hazard around powerlines.
Do not fly kites, drones or model aeroplanes anywhere near overhead powerlines.