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Harvester cuts power to Sarina area

Published: 9 Aug 2016 12:31pm

A cane harvester cut power to about 7,000 customers in the Sarina area this morning promoting Ergon Energy to renew its look up and live message.

Customer Delivery Manager Chester Brodie said the incident occurred in the dark and serves as a timely reminder for cane famers and machinery operators to identify and discuss electrical infrastructure in and around farms before harvesting starts.

“A morning “tool box talk” or at change of shifts is an ideal way to reinforce the location of Ergon’s poles, stay wires and transformers so that machinery operators know exactly where they are and take caution when working near them, “ he said

This morning’s two hour power interruption from Sarina, east to beach communities and north to Marian happened when a cane harvester contacted powerline infrastructure in the Eversliegh and Garrets Road area at about 5am. Power was restored by about 7am.

Mr Brodie advises farmers and harvesters to:

  • think through the task and identify all electrical hazards;
  • assess the risks;
  • establish and introduce control measures;
  • clear around power poles and pole stay wires during daylight only;
  • do the job safely and have a safety observer on hand.
  • look out for your mates.
  • keep a safe distance between machinery and powerlines.

Mr Brodie said Ergon Energy will continue to work with and educate the industry about the potential dangers of working around electrical infrastructure but ultimately machinery operators need to take personal responsibility for their own safety.

Media Contact: John Fowler
Phone: 44328730

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