Before Anything Risky, Look 360°
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16th November 2017
Crane contacts with Western Power network are rising
Operating a crane is the third highest risk activity you can undertake when working near electricity.
Over the past two weeks there has been a significant increase in crane related contacts with our network by third parties and we need your help to keep the community safe and the power on.
October saw 32 contacts by third party workers reported, over 10% of all incidents came from within the crane industry alone. No matter the consequence, contact is avoidable, before anything risky, look 360.
Danger zones are in place around all live electrical infrastructure to keep you safe. At no point should persons equipment or materials enter this area (detailed below)
The size of the danger zone is determined by the voltage of the electrical infrastructure. You can find out what danger zone applies to your work by submitting a free
Dial Before You Dig enquiry.
Stickers to help remind you of danger zones can be ordered free of charge.
Plan ahead, be 360 Aware
If you think you work may breach the danger zone, stop work and call Western Power, we’re here to help.
Additional options to complete your job safely such as isolation, de-energisation or relocation are available. Good prior planning will help make sure that these services are arranged in advance, avoid delays and keeping your workers safe.
What to do in an electrical emergency
While putting everything in place to avoid contact is the best option, we understand that accidents can happen. If contact does occur with any electrical infrastructure it is important to call 000 if in immediate danger or Western Power on 13 13 51.
Unless in immediate danger, stay inside the vehicle and make sure all bystanders stay at least 8m away. You can find out more about what to do in an electrical emergency by watching this short video.
To help keep your workforce safe we can host a 360 Aware toolbox sessions, aimed at arming them with the information they need to work safely around electricity.
The Crane Industry Council Australia also has materials available to assist you when working around powerlines such as the Crane Safety Manual andWorking around Powerlines toolbox DVD.
Help us to make sure you are your workmates go home safely each day, before anything risky, look 360.