Farm Guide VIC : 2012-13
74 Farm Safety Important points to remember: • SWER lines are often hard to see as there is only one thin wire and the poles can be hundreds of metres apart. • SWER lines operate at 12,700 volts and any contact with the line may be fatal or cause serious, permanent injuries. With electricity there are often no second chances. • All overhead powerlines can sag up and down with temperature and electrical load, and sway sideways in wind. The sideways movement of long SWER spans may be many metres. Never assume you know where a powerline is. Always do a safety check before starting work. • Be aware that single powerlines can be particularly diffcult to see at dawn and dusk. • When working near overhead powerlines always LOOK UP AND LIVE. • When working in the vicinity of powerlines, always ensure that you, and any object that is being used, is kept at least three metres away from the line, in accordance with the No Go Zone Rules. Permit to Work permission is required from the powerline owner if work needs to be carried out within the three metre exclusion zone. • Contacts with overhead electrical powerlines often involve tipping trucks, mobile grain silos and augers, headers, excavators, spray booms, irrigation pipes, elevating work platforms, scissor lifts and scaffolding, all of which have resulted in fatal or serious injury and extensive hospital treatment. • Identify all overhead lines on your property and clearly mark their position on the fences or on posts near or under the line to help highlight their location. • If an accident does occur with a powerline, keep at least 10 metres away from any victims and do not attempt to provide assistance or you may also be electrocuted. Call 000 and your local electricity distribution company for emergency assistance. • Obtain a copy of the No Go Zone rules and study them closely. These are available at w w w.esv.vic.gov.au. • Display Look Up And Live stickers on any machinery or equipment that is raised overhead. • Obtain a free copy of the Look Up, Look Down – And Live DVD from ESV. Go to the ESV website w w w.esv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 158. Electricity and gas safety issues on farms: Beware carbon monoxide -- it's a silent killer Energy Safe Victoria is urging all Victorians to get gas heaters serviced at least every two years to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. This "silent killer" has claimed nine lives in the past 11 years, and it's caused by faulty, unserviced gas heaters. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless gas that is produced when the carbon in fuels, such as natural gas, does not burn completely. ESV's annual public awareness campaign aims to highlight the dangers of this silent killer and reminds all Victorians that gas appliances should be checked and serviced at least every two years by a qualifed gasftter or service technician. Victoria's Director of Energy Safety, Paul Fearon, said brick chimneys needed to be inspected as part of the testing process to ensure they were removing carbon monoxide from the home. Get your gas heater ser viced at least every two years to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.