Crushing incidents spark safety warning

Published: 26 Sep 2019 11:46am

Ergon Energy is urging cane harvester and haul-out operators to keep powerline safety top of mind after a number of incidents where high-voltage wires have been brought down by machinery this season.

Community Safety Manager Aaron Smith said there was no room for complacency with the crushing in full swing across Queensland.

“Any contact with a live powerline has the potential to cause death, severe injury, damage to machinery and the electricity network - this includes inadvertent contact with poles and stay wires.

“We are working closely with the sugar industry to raise awareness and stop these types of incidents from occurring with preventative planning.

“Our free overhead powerline mapping application is an excellent worksite planning tool – it’s accessible from mobile devices, you can print out maps to include in site induction kits and there are quick links to request free safety advice or powerline markers.

“Where cane paddocks are in close proximity to powerlines, it is mandatory to stay three metres clear with the use of a safety observer/spotter and we recommend the use of Rotamarkers (powerline markers).

“If you need any safety advice, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 13 74 66 or check out the wealth of information at,” Mr Smith said.

Anyone involved in an incident that brings down powerlines should STAY in the vehicle, CALL 000 and WAIT for help.  Bystanders must remain at least ten metres clear of powerlines.

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