Electrical safety outside the home
Some homes have poles within their property boundaries that connect to the electricity network. These poles are owned by you as part of the property – and it's your responsibility to regularly check and maintain them.
If you’re planting crops and plants on your property you should firstly check for overhead powerlines and avoid planting under or near them. Electricity can jump….a long way, so if you’re using machinery it’s important to implement exclusion zones around powerlines.
Touching them or straying into exclusion zones could severely hurt or kill you or your entire crew.
Before you begin work outside your home, like cleaning your pool or tidying the garden, check for overhead powerlines and service lines (connected to the house), especially if you’re using long objects or ladders.
Electricity can arc (or jump) from powerlines to you and your tools - the impact can be instant and lethal.
Electrical incidents in the rural industry often involve contact between machinery or irrigation pipes with overhead powerlines. Other causes of electrical incidents include general lack of electrical equipment maintenance and unauthorised electrical handy-work.