Research shows that agriculture is an extremely hazardous industry.
This is a concern for us as your local power provider so we want to highlight the safety measures that farmers should consider when working near electricity to keep themselves, their families and their workers safe.
In the past 12 months, we have had more than 20 incidents of farm machinery coming into contact with power poles or powerlines on farms in Esperance.
It is essential that you and your workers know the location of power poles in your paddocks.
Farm machinery hitting power poles and pulling down overhead powerlines can result in electric shocks and fires, resulting in serious injury or death.
Some additional safety tips to follow include inducting new workers about electrical safety hazards, identifying the location of the powerlines and mark them with reflective, high visibility tape, reviewing activities and work practices near powerlines – especially when driving oversize vehicles or moving machinery and being aware of the distance of the powerlines from the ground.
Don’t take risks. If you have concerns about working near live powerlines, contact us.
We can disconnect the power supply temporarily to enable you to work safely if required. Horizon Power has prepared an Electrical Safety on the Farm information pack to help you promote safety during farm induction sessions with workers ahead of seeding and harvesting.
The pack contains a farm safety video and presentation saved to a memory USB for you to show to your workers, stickers to place inside the cabs of machinery, and a keep cup for your coffee on those early mornings or late nights on the farm.
You can collect the pack from our kiosk at the SEPWA Harvest Review at the Esperance Bay Yacht Club on Friday, February 15.
If you can’t catch us at the Review, pop by the Horizon Power office at 143 Sims Street between 8am and 4pm, Mondays to Fridays.
The video and presentation are available to download via www.horizonpower.com.au/farmsafety
In the event of an incident in which your vehicle comes into contact with power infrastructure, do not leave the vehicle and call 000 or Horizon Power on 13 23 51.
Please be aware Horizon Power could invoice you for damage to power poles or powerlines caused by your farm machinery.
Donna Gibson is the Retail and Community Manager based in Esperance for regional power supplier Horizon Power.