Farm Guide VIC : 2014-15
FarmSafety 73 Don’t put your life on the line Work safely near powerlines and trees Powerlines can kill in an instant. Don’t put your life on the line – always look up and live when you are working near powerlines. Energy Safe Victoria is reminding vegetation workers and arborists to take special care after a recent tragic accident in which a young Victorian worker was electrocuted. The 22-year-old tree lopper was killed instantly when a 4m long branch he was cutting fell into high voltage powerlines. Victoria’s Director of Energy Safety, Paul Fearon, said all arboriculture and farm workers should be aware of the danger posed by powerlines. “Electricity can kill in an instant as we’ve seen with the tragic case of this young worker. A simple mistake can cost you your life,” said Mr Fearon. Trees and powerlines are a particularly dangerous combination if proper precautions are not taken. Moisture in trees and branches can conduct electricity and cause electric shock or death. “Vegetation workers need to know the No Go Zone guidelines but also think beyond that to anticipate all risks. If you’re holding a long branch or you’re working in a tree near powerlines you are in a very dangerous situation.” It is crucial to always maintain control of vegetation when cutting near powerlines and to know where the arc of a branch will fall. People cutting trees or completing vegetation work should always check that the foliage is far enough away from powerlines for safe work to commence. LOOK UP AND LIVE OR DEAD AND BURIED REMEMBER LOOK UP AND LIVE Stay outside the 3 metre “no go zone” around, and above, power lines. Or you could end up 6 feet under. For further information visit Energy Safe Victoria www.esv.vic.gov.au or call 03 9203 9700.