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Near miss for Far North Queensland farmer

Published: 15 Jan 2016 4:50pm

A Far North Queensland farmer had a lucky escape this week after a machine he was operating came into contact with high voltage overhead powerlines.

Fortunately there were no injuries as a result of the incident.

On Wednesday afternoon (Ed: Wednesday, January 13) an Ergon Energy crew was called to the scene of a high-clearance spraying rig that had hit 22,000 volt powerlines south of Tully in a farming area along Upper Murray Road.

Ergon Acting Customer Delivery Manager Matt Wuersching said the seriousness of the near-miss could not be overstated.

“We are relieved to say that in this case no injuries occurred, but any close call like this is one too many,” Mr Wuersching said.

“All machinery operators need to have strategies in place to ensure they keep a safe distance from powerlines – it’s not only common sense, it’s the law,” he said.

Mr Wuersching said that while the farmer was reminded of safety precautions at the scene, full circumstances of the incident would be investigated. Frequently asked questions about working around powerlines are answered on the Ergon Energy website and can be found here https://www.ergon.com.au/network/safety/business-safety/the-outdoor-workplace/working-near-powerlines?a=162180

Media Contact: Jamie Rule
Phone: 4432 8743

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