Safety Alert: Look Up & Live
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Electrical Safety Office are investigating a serious electrical incident that happened on Tuesday 12 July 2016 at Alligator Creek, near Sarina with an unknown company.
A male worker was using an aluminium ladder and aluminium pole while working on a billboard sign, when the pole came into contact with a 33 kV powerline.
This alert is a reminder to not only apprentices but to everyone to be aware of overhead powerlines and respect the safe exclusion zones distances around them. The exclusion zone is the minimum safe distance to the powerline, and varies with voltage.
(Always bear in mind where powerlines are located and the length and materials of any tools you may be using to avoid incidental contact)
The best way to control the risk of contacting powerlines is to avoid working underneath or near them. Other controls to consider may include relocating live electric lines away from work areas, where feasible, or having the line de-energised while work is being done.
Source: Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Electrical Safety Office