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Farm and agricultural safety

Powerlines, power poles and other electrical infrastructure can all present serious safety risks on your farm or agricultural property. 

You need to know the location of all electrical infrastructure on or near your property, including overhead and underground electricity networks.  

Your safety is your hands

For your own safety, never touch or interfere with electricity infrastructure yourself, or attach or tie anything to it. 

Call us immediately on 13 23 51 if you have an electrical emergency or damaged electrical equipment. 

Before you start work on your property

Before you start work on your property

Powerlines, power poles and other electrical infrastructure can all present serious safety risks. Do some basic checks before starting work. 

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Preparation checklist

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    Don't ever take risks with electricity

    If you have any questions or concerns, always call us first on 13 23 51.

    If necessary, we can disconnect the power supply so you can safely carry out the work you need to do.

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    Find where your power poles and powerlines are located

    Once you have looked around and located electrical infrastructure, mark them at ground level. 

    Be aware that the distance of powerlines from the ground may appear to be higher or lower depending on the angle from which they are viewed; 

    If powerlines are located near your work area, always call us first. We’ll let you know about the voltage levels and the safe clearances which need to be maintained before you start. Don’t assume you know where power poles and powerlines are as new infrastructure may have been installed. 

    If powerlines are located near your work area, always call us first. We’ll let you know about the voltage levels and the safe clearances which need to be maintained before you start. 

    Don’t assume you know where power poles and powerlines are as new infrastructure may have been installed. 

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    Ensure your workers are suitably trained

    Make sure you and your workers are suitably trained to carry out the work required. 

     

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    Consider what to do if there is a vehicle accident

    If your vehicle comes into contact with power infrastructure, it could be electrified and so could the ground around it. 

    The safest option is likely to be staying in your vehicle until authorities arrive to make the area safe. Always call us on 13 23 51 - or call 000 in a life-threatening emergency. 

    Learn more about what to do if your vehicle comes into contact with a fallen powerline.

We need to have access to your electrical assets at all times

For safety reasons, our Horizon Power team need clear access to all electrical assets, such as transformers and power poles on your property at all times. For everyone’s safety: 

  • Please make sure that access isn’t restricted by activities such as crop-netting. 
  • If you know of any access issues, such as boggy tracks, please let us know.  
  • If we access your property, we try to limit movement as much as possible and make sure that gates are left open or closed as they were found. 
We need to have access to your electrical assets at all times

Burning stubble? Avoid trouble  

If you need to burn stubble on your property, it’s important to plan carefully and monitor the situation constantly. Stubble can cause widespread damage and power disruptions if allowed to get out of control.   

Avoid the cost and inconvenience of repairs to damaged electricity infrastructure by taking simple safety precautions.
Stay  safe by ensuring the following before you begin burning

Stay safe by ensuring the following before you begin burning

  • Always check and stay up-to-date about fire warnings, bans and weather conditions for your local area. Do not go ahead if conditions are hot, dry or windy or these conditions are forecast.  
  • Inform your local government fire control officer and neighbours first.  
  • Check for overhead powerlines - and keep fire well away from these. 
  • Clear vegetation from around the base of power poles to at least 1.5 metres. 
  • Wet the base of your timber poles thoroughly - and do this again after stubble burning.  
  • Do not rake wind-rows beneath or next to powerlines or poles.  
  • Have mobile fire units and an emergency plan ready in case your fire gets out of control. 
  • Check your power poles before, during and after stubble burning. 

Monitor all prescribed burns at all time

Keep an eye on your stubble fire or prescribed burn at all times. 

If you find any damage to power poles or other electricity infrastructure, call us immediately on 13 23 51 so that the damage can be fixed quickly and safely.  

Crop dusting

Every year, our customers experience power interruptions from powerlines being brought down during crop dusting activities. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and avoid electrical issues. 

Crop dusting

Crops on powerlines

Dry swathed crops, such as canola, can sometimes blow onto overhead powerlines and cause power interruptions. Sometimes the crop can clear itself off the lines, but otherwise we might need to send a qualified crews to remove crops and debris safely before restoring power supply. 

If you see crops on powerlines, please call us on 13 23 51. Never try to remove these yourself. 

Crops on powerlines
Shocks and tingles

You can't always see an electrical fault, but you can feel one.  Always report electric shocks and tingles to us on 13 23 51.

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Private power poles

Your private power pole is your responsibility. Learn how to keep your pole safe and well-maintained.

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Trees and powerlines

Here's how to avoid tree branches touching powerlines, which can cause power interruptions, fire and other accidents. 

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