In­ci­dent ex­poses dan­gers of hid­den mini pil­lars

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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.”

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