Look Up, Look Out

Touching or getting too close to powerlines can be fatal

Powerlines are part of our landscape and sometimes it’s easy to forget they’re there. But coming in to contact with powerlines can result in injury or even death. That’s why if you’re working, driving or doing anything close to powerlines, you need to Look Up, Look Out.

Stay safe - follow these simple rules:

Some important safety tips:

  • Check the location of all powerlines before you start work
  • Know the exact height of your vehicle and equipment – especially when your tray or excavator is fully raised or extended
  • Always use an observer to monitor your clearances
  • Never allow anyone to ride on a high load when travelling underneath powerlines
  • Metal irrigation pipes being moved near powerlines should be kept below head level to avoid any possible contact with overhead powerlines
  • Jets of water from travelling irrigators should be kept clear of overhead powerlines as they may cause the conductors to touch and could result in a loss of power supply, system disturbances or even a fire
  • Never store or locate irrigation pipes, plant or machinery, or any potentially conductive materials under powerlines.

Because repairing damaged electrical infrastructure is a costly exercise for TasNetworks, we may recover costs from individuals or businesses responsible for any damage incurred to infrastructure as a result of encroaching the minimum safe clearance distances.

What to do in an emergency

  • Assume all powerlines are live and capable of killing someone, particularly if they have fallen to the ground
  • Stay calm and keep other people clear of powerlines and any machinery
  • If you're in a vehicle, it's safer to stay inside until help arrives
  • If the vehicle is likely to catch fire:
  1. Open the door
  2. Avoid touching the ground and the car at the same time
  3. Jump clear, landing with both feet together
  4. Kangaroo hop away until you’re at least 8 metres from the vehicle

In any emergency involving electricity infrastructure call 132 004.