WorkCover and NSW Electricity supply authorities continue to receive notifications of incidents where mobile plant have come into contact with energised overhead power lines.
Since July 2011, there have been a total of 55 incidents reported where cranes, machinery and other mobile plant have come into contact with power lines.
Such incidents include:
- A mobile crane operator struck a 11kV power line when unloading a truck.
- A truck driver raised a tipper and struck a 11kV power line.
- An excavator boom struck a 11kV power line.
- A low loader struck low voltage overhead power lines.
- An operator raised a drill rig into high voltage transmission lines.
- A wheat harvester struck power lines, which resulted in a fire that engulfed the machine.
- A cement truck reversed into an overhead service line at a residential property.
The state safety administrator points out that each of these incidents is the result of a failure to identify the hazard of overhead power lines and a failure to implement a safe system of work, including the maintenance of safe approach distances from the energised power lines.