Keep away from powerlines
Many farms I have inspected have genuine power line hazard issues.
Whether irrigation, spray or cropping plant and equipment potentially striking the lines, cattle & sheep trucks hitting powerlines or workers breaching excluding zones; it is an issue nearly every farm business operator and workers can come across.
The below table is a good reference point for minimum exclusion zones and is worth sharing with your everyone o your farm.
|Keep away from powerlines It’s vital that you and your workers know where overhead powerlines are before work starts.Check for underground lines too using Dial before you Dig.
Once you know where all powerlines are located at your worksite, you need to establish exclusion zones. The size of an exclusion zone depends on:
Exclusion zones are the minimum safe distances workers and equipment must stay away from powerlines in all directions to avoid an electric shock.
*Note: The table above does not fully detail exclusion zone dimensions and other requirements.
If you or your workers cannot avoid working near an overhead or underground powerline, you must conduct a risk assessment and put suitable control measures into place:
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