Electrical incidents a concern

THE number of electrical safety incidents associated with cane harvesting remains high in the Bundaberg and Isis districts - a situation Ergon Energy wants to see reversed.

Ergon's acting Fraser Burnett customer service delivery manager Matt Aberdeen said seven of the 24 electrical incidents during the crushing season in regional Queensland last year were recorded in the Wide Bay.

Mr Aberdeen said this included five incidents involving cane harvesters and two from haul-out machinery.

"This result is very concerning because we are seeing the statistics heading in the wrong direction after recording only 11 incidents in total from 2007 to 2010 and then being incident-free in 2011," he said.

"In contrast, the past three years have produced eight, 10 and then seven electrical safety incidents.

"Many incidents involving farm vehicles and power lines can be avoided, even though the size of the equipment used during harvesting means the risk of contracting overhead power lines can be high."

For information visit http://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au or http://www.ergon.com.au.



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