Stay alert near overhead power lines while aloft

With aerial spraying activities under way in many parts of the state, Essential Energy is reminding property owners and pilots to be aware of the potential danger posed by overhead powerlines.
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Essential Energy’s regional general manager and Water Operations Far West Region Guy Chick said there had been three recent incidences of aircraft involved in aerial spraying in western NSW and southern Queensland coming into contact with powerlines.

“Anyone engaging in activities such as aerial application, mustering, property or powerline inspections needs to remember that the smallest contact between a plane and powerlines can be fatal,” Mr Chick said.

For more information contact Essential Energy on 13 23 91 or visit www.essentialenergy.

com.au/content/overhead-electricity-network-maps.

To report an incident contact 132 080.

“Essential Energy has about 200,000 kilometres of powerlines across 95 per cent of NSW. As the height of overhead electricity lines vary significantly with changing topology, pre-flight planning and briefings are crucial.

“Pilots and those who engage their services need to be mindful of safe work practises and always identify the location of the overhead electricity network before taking to the air.”

He said farmers could take simple measures to reduce the risk to pilots and their aircraft.

“Powerlines can be difficult to see from above, especially at dawn and dusk and on rainy or overcast days,” Guy said.

“Essential Energy recommends farmers install line markers to increase the visibility of powerlines on their property. Flag markers are lightweight, visible both day and night and flap in the breeze to attract attention. Essential Energy can fit them for a fee.

“We cannot stress enough the importance of knowing the location of overhead powerlines on properties and surrounding areas – the information could save your life.”

Maps detailing the location of Essential Energy’s overhead electricity network are available on request for individuals and companies involved in aerial activities. Contact Essential Energy on 13 23 91 or visit www.essentialenergy南京夜网.au/content/overhead-electricity-network-maps.

To report an incident involving an overhead powerline, contact Essential Energy immediately on 13 20 80.

Essential Energy also has available for download a ‘Low Level Aerial Activity Safety Fact Sheet’ at www.essentialenergy南京夜网.au/asset/cms/pdf/safety/AerialSafety.pdf and a short film clip on aerial safety around powerlines at www.essentialenergy南京夜网.au/content/agribusiness.

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