It is our policy to ensure workers are aware of the dangers associated with overhead powerlines and comply with the rules listed below.
- No machine, truck, light vehicle, mobile workshop, mobile fuel tanker to be parked directly underneath overhead power lines.
- No visitor’s vehicles to be parked underneath overhead power lines.
- No machinery to be re-fuelled within 15.0m of overhead power lines.
- No machinery to have any mechanical repairs carried out within 15.0m of overhead power lines.
- No truck to be loaded or unloaded underneath overhead power lines.
- When travelling underneath overhead power lines with machines ensure that all boom/crane arms are lowered to the lowest possible level and that you cross at the designated crossing area.
- The site supervisor is to determine whether a spotter is required from any works adjacent to a powerline or whilst travelling under a power line.
- When working adjacent or parallel to overhead power lines, check wind speed and direction first, then fall tree away from overhead power lines.
- When loading trucks adjacent to or parallel to overhead powerlines check wind speed and direction first then load away from overhead power lines.
- If taking loaded trucks underneath overhead power lines first check load clearance before proceeding to travel underneath overhead power lines if necessary appoint a spotter.
- Touched and broken power lines can cause injury or death and cost money in lost production time and broken line repairs. Always follow SOP – Working in vicinity of powerlines and ERP – Electricity.
- Remember… look up and live.
A specific SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) applies for working adjacent to Overhead Power Lines.