Acting Executive General Manager Customer Service Paul Jordon said people who illegally attached signs to Ergon’s power poles potentially placed themselves at risk of receiving an electric shock.

“The danger can be present on any pole supporting the Ergon Energy network, particularly if people use nails or screws to attach their signs,” he said.

“These items can also become a safety hazard for our crews once a sign has fallen off, especially if they need to climb the pole in the dark and rain to restore power after a storm.”

Mr Jordon said people who attach illegal signs to power poles could be charged for the cost of removing their signs and also risked prosecution for interfering with the electricity network.

He suggested election candidates or anyone else wishing to display a sign should contact their local council to determine where this was allowed and what restrictions applied.