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SA farmers urged to prioritise safety around powerlines

Apr 28th 2023

SA farmers urged to prioritise safety around powerlines

South Australia’s electricity provider SA Power Networks reminds farmers to take extra care when working near powerlines after two incidents involving farm machinery coming into contact with powerlines in a span of just three days.

Since January 2021, 65 incidents involving farm machinery contacting powerlines have been reported.

“Understandably everyone is keen to get the crops in, but in the rush, they can potentially put themselves and others at life-threatening risk,” said Paul Roberts, Head of Corporate Affairs at SA Power Networks.“This is a positive time on many farms, but an accident would make it disastrous,” Mr Roberts said.

“Powerlines can be difficult to see, so confirming their location before you start work could avoid serious injury or even save a life.”

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