Cane har­vester in­ci­dent prompts safety call

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ER­GON En­ergy is call­ing for heavy ma­chin­ery op­er­a­tors to re­main fo­cussed on safety fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in the Mt Mar­low dis­trict that dis­rupted power to 1,300 cus­tomers on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 12.

A cane har­vester came into con­tact with high volt­age power lines on Jansen Rd af­fect­ing cus­tomers in the Brandy Creek, Conway, Mt Ju­lian, Mt Mar­low, Palm Grove, Pre­ston and Wil­sons Beach ar­eas.

Area op­er­a­tions manag- er Chester Brodie said just 632 cus­tomers were af­fected ini­tially, but af­ter the op­er­a­tor rang in with de­tails of the in­ci­dent, Er­gon tripped the en­tire feeder in the in­ter­ests of pub­lic safety and to en­able crews to carry out an in­spec­tion for dam­age.

No ob­vi­ous dam­age was found and power was re­in­stated af­ter it was off be­tween 12.36 and 1.32pm.

Mr Brodie said the in­ci­dent high­lighted the im- pact on the com­mu­nity and the need for op­er­a­tors of this type of equip­ment to main­tain a safe clear­ance from any nearby elec­tric­ity as­sets.

“Th­ese types of in­ci­dents com­pro­mise the per­sonal safety of both the op­er­a­tor and the gen­eral pub­lic,” he said

Mr Brodie ad­vised op­er­a­tors of heavy equip­ment to al­ways ob­serve the ‘Look Up and Live’ prin­ci­ple.

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