Western Australia Government Safety Bulletin from June 2009. Mobile plant items incidents making contact with high-voltage overhead powerlines on Western Australian mines sites.

A review of occurrence reports for the ten-year period from 1998 to 2008 reveals that:

  • there have been 74 reported contacts with overhead power lines;
  • on average, eight incidents where heavy machinery has contacted power lines are reported each year; and
  • excavators cause the highest number of power line contacts

Recommendations are made regarding:

  • Warning devices required
  • Mine design and planning
  • Training of operators


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