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Powerline contact incident near Mackay

Published: 13 Jul 2016 3:11pm

An Ergon Energy crew was called to the scene of an incident south of Mackay yesterday where a person is believed to have made contact with 33,000 volt powerlines.

The person is believed to have been working in the vicinity of a billboard on the roadside beside a service station approximately 15 kilometres south of Mackay city.

Initial reports indicate the high voltage powerlines were contacted with a pole of some kind.

Ergon staff ensured the safety of the scene after finding a pole still in contact with overhead powerlines at the location when they arrived.

Ergon Customer Delivery Manager Chester Brodie said the incident would now be a matter of investigation for the Electrical Safety Office and workplace safety authorities.

“Power was interrupted for nearly two hours to more than 800 customers in the South Mackay, Rosella, Alligator Creek, McEwans Beach and Homebush areas,” Mr Brodie said.

“While we must wait to understand all the circumstances of this incident, Ergon cannot stress strongly enough the importance of keeping yourself and any equipment you are using a safe distance from powerlines,” he said.

Media Contact: Mark Timmerman
Phone: (07) 4432 8731

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