Incident exposes dangers of hidden mini pillars
Significant damage to a mini pillar has prompted Horizon Power to issue a warning to Karratha residents to be careful around electrical infrastructure.
The incident, which exposed electrical wires, occurred in Millars Well due to rubbish being placed over the green dome during cyclone clean-up.
The rubbish concealed the pillar, leading to the truck damaging the dome when it picked up the rubbish.
Horizon Power Pilbara Grid general manager Ziggy Wilk said mini pillars were designed to be unobtrusive, however this could often result in people accidentally damaging them.
“These mini pillars contain live wires and when damaged can cause electric shock or electrocution if these wires are exposed,” he said. “People should make sure vegetation and items such as rubbish bins are at least one and a half metres away from mini pillars; check where pillars are on a site before starting any work; and ensure children don’t play on or around electrical equipment.”