Countless electricity related deaths and accidents in Queensland could have been prevented had more care been taken around powerlines.
There are many occasions when you need to exercise caution around overhead powerlines.
painting or working from ladders, trestles or scaffolding (particularly metal types)
working on, or retrieving play items from roofs, gutters and awnings
installing a television or roofing antenna
installing house cladding
carrying or lifting tall objects
erecting masts on sailing boats
flying kites and climbing trees close to powerlines
pruning or cutting trees
operating heavy machinery and other tall equipment
establishing irrigators and operating farm equipment
To live and work safely with electricity in Queensland, it is important to consider the following safety tips:
Familiarise yourself with the layout of the overhead electrical network on or near your property or the property on which you are working, including buildings.
Find out the clearance levels underneath the powerlines on the property (take into account the 'sag' of the line between poles) and check this against machinery or equipment likely to come near powerlines.
Always assess the risk of operating machinery near the electricity system and check for changes in the electricity network or in your plant and equipment.
This is not an exhaustive list of all safety matters that need to be considered. Whilst care is taken in the preparation of this material, Energex does not guarantee, to the extend permitted by law, the accuracy and completeness of information.
To the extend permitted by law, Energex will not be responsible for any loss, damage or costs incurred as a result of any errors omissions or misrepresentations in relation to the material in this document or for any possible actions ensuing from information contained above.