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Date Posted27/10/2016

Safety Warning After Powerline Electrocution Deaths

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The deaths of 2 people have led Queensland’s safety regulator to issue a safety warning regarding work near overhead power lines.

There have been 2 recent deaths and seven injuries in incidents involving overhead power lines prompting the regulator to urge caution when working around them.

According to the head of Queensland Electrical Safety Office, Victoria Thomson, these incidents are leaving families traumatised and are totally preventable.

The latest incident involved a 28 year old worker who was killed after receiving an electric shock when the pruning tool he was using came into contact with overhead power lines.

It’s important to be aware of overhead powerlines and stick to safe exclusion zone distances around them.

It’s important to check for powerlines before starting work and take the height and length of tools and equipment into account before beginning.  See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/safety-warning-issued-powerline-electrocution-deaths/#.V8rz-vl97IV

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