VIC: Excavators urged to work safely around powerlines

A major electrical distributor is pushing for awareness about electricity supply lines for operators of excavating equipment.

Seven serious accidents have been reported in the past month, including an incident at Warracknabeal and another at Horsham.

Ryan Auger, Powercor’s corporate affairs adviser, said small excavators had made contact with overhead and underground supply lines in each of the accidents.

“It seems like the message isn’t getting through, it’s quite unfortunate because the consequences really are so dire,” Mr Auger said.

“The Dial before you dig service is a very easy number to remember, it’s 1100.

“You can also ring Powercor as well on 13 24 12 if you have any questions about the safety precautions, steps you need to take when working around overhead powerlines.”

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