In conjunction with National Farm Safety Week, Essential Energy is encouraging farmers and workers to take advantage of resources to minimise the risk of electrical incidents on rural properties.
Regional Manager Southern, Sarah Roche, said Essential Energy had “free maps of the overhead electricity network that show the location of powerlines and poles on a property and can help to identify potential hazards”.
Visit essentialenergy.com.au/overhead for more information.
Essential Energy also recommends marking powerlines to increase their visibility at ground level and help minimise the risk of farm machinery contacting the electricity network.
To enquire about having overhead powerline markers installed by Essential Energy at a reasonable cost, complete the online form at essentialenergy.com.au/overhead.
“It’s important that farm machinery operators know the height of agricultural equipment and minimum safe approach distances from the electricity network to reduce the risk of contact with overhead powerlines,” Sarah said.
“Free electrical safety fact sheets are available via the Essential Energy website, plus there are a range of videos that can be viewed online and safety stickers that can be electronically ordered.”
When digging or excavating, workers can register with the free Dial before you dig referral service at www.1100.com.au to identify the location of underground electrical assets.
Farmsafe Australia’s National Farm Safety Week 2018 runs from 16-22 July under the theme “Innovative, Safe and Healthy".