Cane harvester incident prompts safety call
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.