People risking their life by touching fallen powerlines says Ergon

Published: 25 Feb 2015 11:34am

Despite pleas to stay well away from fallen powerlines, the message is not getting through to some members of the public in Central Queensland in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Marcia, according to Ergon Energy.

Ergon's call centre has received several reports today of members of the public picking up or moving powerlines off roadways, footpaths and other locations.

"Do not touch any powerline under in any circumstance," Executive General Manager Customer Delivery Peter Billing said.

"If a fallen powerline has not already been reported to Ergon, do so on 13 22 96," Mr Billing said.

"If the fallen line has already been reported to us, keep yourself and others well away from it."

Mr Billing said people may become complacent around fallen powerlines given that many conductors still remain on the ground across the region since TC Marcia's impact.

"You should always assume these lines could be 'live', because that is a very real possibility," Mr Billing explained.

"There is no excuse for anyone to take this risk – leave it to Ergon's professionals because we don't want to see anyone hurt," Mr Billing said.

Media Contact: Bob Pleash
Phone: 49327327 or 0419714270

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