Look out for electrical infrastructure when working on the farm.

We drove hundreds of kilometres to bring you this safety message. Because when it comes to keeping you safe, we’ll always go the distance.

Be aware of electrical assets

Physical damage to electrical assets can be caused by livestock, equipment and people.

There are many things to be aware of when working near electricity. By working together we can ensure safe and reliable power supplies for you, your family, employees and the community.

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

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

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. 

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

  • 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. 

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. 

Oversize loads

Depending on the route, vehicle type and the size of the load you need to transport, you might need our approval or help to move safely.

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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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