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Tragic death prompts new call to Look Up and Live

The death of a 55-year-old truck driver on February 6 has reinforced the importance of ESV’s Look Up and Live campaign.

The truck’s trailer was raised when it hit powerlines and brought them down on a property in Kergunyah, south of Wodonga. The truck caught fire and it is believed the driver got out and was electrocuted.

ESV is supporting WorkSafe’s investigation of the incident.

ESV’s Look Up and Live awareness campaign has been in place since 2006 when three people were killed in similar but separate incidents involving a tipper hitting powerlines. In 2010 there was a further tragedy when a father and son were killed when a windmill they were moving came into contact with powerlines.

Look Up and Live asks people operating heavy machinery, particularly tippers, to be aware of powerlines especially on large properties such as farms.

ESV recommends the following:

  • Understand No Go Zones. These are defined distances for safety clearances near overhead powerlines. People and equipment should be at least three metres away from live powerlines
  • Monitor weather conditions closely – powerlines can sag in extreme heat and sway in strong winds
  • Powerlines are more difficult to see at dawn and dusk
  • Remember that electricity can jump gaps

For more information go to our website Look Up and Live campaign page.