Essential Energy’s network covers most rural communities throughout NSW, so safety on the land is something we always want to be top of mind. During harvest, we’re asking you to consider the part that you can play in ensuring that this season – and every season – is safe and incident-free.
When it comes to the potential dangers of working around powerlines and other network infrastructure, there are some key safety messages to keep in mind. Take a moment to get to know these safety considerations as they could help to save a life when working on the LAND:
Look up and live
. Overhead powerlines should be identified and marked at ground level. Essential Energy can provide electrical network maps
showing the location of overhead powerlines on your property.
Always be aware. Before accessing paddocks and work areas, check the location and condition of poles and wires. Conditions can change without notice and heat can affect powerline height.
Need to know. Know the height of farm machinery in raised and lowered positions so you can maintain safe clearance distances from powerlines. Powerlines can be as low as 5.5m so ALWAYS lower machinery fully before moving off.
Don’t disembark. If your machinery comes into contact with overhead powerlines, stay in the vehicle, if safe to do so, and call Essential Energy immediately on 13 20 80.
In the sections below we have a number of resources to help you be safe on the land this harvest. Fact sheets available for download and our 5 minute Powerline Hazard Assessment can help you identify and assess potential hazards on your property.
Below is a range of safety videos with key facts and information about electrical network safety.
Essential Energy recommends property owners mark powerlines to increase their visibility and help prevent incidents occurring. Essential Energy can install the markers at a reasonable cost. If you identify an area of concern please fill out the Powerline Marker Enquiry Form
to request further information.