Media Release - Sow the network safety seed this season

Farmers and machinery operators are reminded to consider electricity network safety on their property
when undertaking sowing activities this season.

Regional manager Northern, Mark Summers, said Essential Energy was trying to avoid a repeat of last
year’s spike in state-wide incidents involving tractors and cotton module makers contacting the network.

“The safety of our farmers, their workers and our electricity network are our top priority,” Mark said.

“We are spreading the message prior to the start of seasonal tasks such as sowing and harvesting in the
hope that improved planning of activities may reduce the risks to agricultural workers.”

“Mapping out safe traffic paths and appointing an onsite safety observer to monitor machinery
movements around powerlines and poles can help avoid costly network incidents, unnecessary power
outages and damage to electrical infrastructure,” Mark said.

If machinery does contact overhead powerlines, operators are advised to stay in the cabin of their
vehicle and contact Essential Energy immediately on 13 20 80.

“Bystanders should always remain at least eight metres away and treat powerlines as if they are ‘live’,”
Mark said.

Property owners can also access maps of Essential Energy’s overhead electricity network by calling
13 23 91 or visiting

For further electrical safety information, visit


Keep clear of the electricity network when sowing crops this season.

Media contact: Bronya Pressler, Community Relations Adviser, Northern 08 8082 5336 or 0447 039 054

Essential Energy is the operator of Australia’s largest electricity network spanning 95 per cent of New South Wales’ land mass. Owned by the New South Wales Government, Essential Energy also provides water and sewerage services to customers in far western New South Wales.

Last modified: 11 May 2017

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