Essential Energy can provide detailed safety information for members of the community involved in:
- Spraying crops
- Transporting fertiliser or grain
- Conducting aerial operations
- Handling high equipment and loads
To ensure a safe working environment while on the farm, use these steps as a guide:
- Spot any hazards and consider the work to be done.
- Assess the risks from these hazards. What are the possible outcomes?
- Fix the problem so it's safe to commence work.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the solutions you have put in place. Do they work and how well?
- Make it a habit to always check for powerlines whenever you use farm machinery like grain augers, harvesters and irrigation pipes.
- Water is a conductor of electricity so be careful when using water irrigation or water jets near powerlines.
- Check all cords and connections of your machinery and workshop equipment and make sure they're in good condition.
- If you're crop dusting, make sure you identify where the powerlines are located in the area.
- Underground powerlines are often buried only 500mm below the surface so be careful when excavating.
- Electrical equipment can be damaged during storms. Don’t operate any equipment if there’s any sign of damage.