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Don’t risk it. Take another look
Western Power has launched an Industry Safety campaign this week focused on improving our customers awareness of the hazards of works in proximity to our assets.
Over the past two years there has been an upward trend in the number of third party contractors making accidental contact with the network. The number of incidents has nearly doubled in the past year, rising from 89 incidents in 2015 to 170 incidents last year. The leading causes of contact with live powerlines either overhead or underground, were activities involving vehicles, excavation and overhead crane operation. Already in February this year there have been 30 incidents, which equates to more than 1 day.
Of the 170 incidents in 2015, 27 involved the underground network, 122 involved the overhead network and 21 involved tree cutting activity.
“The vast majority of these incidents could have been avoided if people would just not risk it and ‘Take another look’.” Sean Mc Goldrick
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard
February 26, 2016
Some tree loppers tout for business by putting flyers in letterboxes, advertising in the local newspaper or on noticeboards, promoting their services via social media, such as community Facebook pages, or advertising via online classifieds such as Gumtree.
In 2015 Consumer Protection received 160 enquiries and 34 complaints about tree loppers tending to relate to:
- damage to property
- failure to complete the job as agreed, for example not grinding stumps
- not removing debris / waste
- bullying tactics when sub-standard work is challenged.
To cut down your chance of having issues with a tree lopper we have some simple tips. READ MORE
WA Tree Climbing Championships 2016
February 17, 2016