Farmers urged to be aware of electrical sites

Farmers urged to be aware of electrical sites

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SAFETY MESSAGE: SA Power Networks advises harvest workers should be made aware of the location of powerlines and poles and the potential risks. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

SAFETY MESSAGE: SA Power Networks advises harvest workers should be made aware of the location of powerlines and poles and the potential risks. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

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Croppers are urged to be aware about on-farm electricity infrastructure.

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WITH headers rolling across the state, SA Power Networks has issued a timely reminder to croppers about being aware around electricity infrastructure.

The company averages about 20 incidents on farms each year involving machinery hitting powerlines and poles.

Most occur during sowing and harvest, with some incidents already this harvest.

"Understandably everyone is keen to get the crops harvested but, in the rush, they can potentially put themselves and co-workers at life-threatening risk," SAPN corporate affairs head Paul Roberts said.

Mr Roberts said family members, contractors and even neighbours who are giving a helping hand, need to be made aware of the location of powerlines and poles and the potential risks.

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"Powerlines can be difficult to see, especially in the dusty conditions that occur while harvesting, so confirming their location before you start work, could avoid serious injury or even save a life," he said.

Mr Roberts advised farmers to access GPS mapping of SA's electricity distribution infrastructure via the Look Up and Live app and website. The system was being used in Qld and NSW and had contributed to a reduction in incidents.

"The Look Up and Live app and website provides farmers and other people undertaking rural activity with access to mapped information on the location and voltage of powerlines and poles on their properties," he said.

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