Look up and live
Powerlines are part of our landscape – sometimes we don’t even notice they are there.
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.
Accidental contact with powerlines can cause electrocution death or serious injury but electricity-related deaths are preventable.
Always remember to look up and live. Follow these tips and procedures to stay safe around powerlines.
Be aware of what is above you
Take extra care to watch for powerlines 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
- Climbing on top of machinery or storage silos
No Go Zones
No Go Zones are defined distances for safety clearances near overhead powerlines. Read more on No Go Zones here.
Trucks and powerlines on farms
Trucks and powerlines are a dangerous combination. Several Victorians have been killed in accidents involving trucks hitting powerlines in rural areas.
Everyone involved in the delivery of materials has a duty of care to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
Follow these safety tips to reduce risk:
- 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 an ESV registered spotter is on hand when working near overhead powerlines
- Display Look up and live stickers on any machinery or equipment which is raised overhead
- Monitor weather conditions closely – 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