A series of incidents involving machinery bringing down power lines in the past week has prompted an urgent warning from SA Power Networks of the deadly threat posed by power lines on rural properties.
The Manager of Stakeholder Relations for SA Power Networks, Paul Roberts, said that in the past week we have had seven separate machinery and vehicle incidents involving damage to our power lines in rural areas.
This included one incident on Monday 8th May, during which around 50 customers lost power when farm machinery brought down eight spans of line on the Loxton South 19,000 Volt Single Wire Earth Return.
He added that it was essential farmers ensured anyone working on their property was aware of the location of power lines and carry out a safety check before starting a task
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