Look up and beware of overhead power lines
Horticultural workers have some of the highest rates of injury and death from power lines. That’s because orchards often have overhead lines running through them, so there’s significant risk of you or your equipment accidentally touching lines. People and equipment must stay 4m away from overhead lines – electricity can jump to your equipment and to you.
Working safely in orchards
- Keep at least 4m away from overhead power lines.
- Don’t touch or work on trees or vines touching or near lines.
- Check where lines are before raising hydraladas, cherry pickers or truck beds.
- Lower lifting equipment before moving it.
- Don’t use wire to train vines along the same path as lines.
- A broken wire flicking upwards can come into contact with lines.
The Troy Hall story
The first shock killed him. The second brought him back to life. Troy Hall survived two electric shocks after getting too close to overhead lines while working in an avocado orchard. Watch his story.