NSW has seen a rise in the number of tipper trucks making contact with power-lines, which has led to Essential Energy issuing a warning to truck drivers and machinery operators to exercise caution around the electrical network.
In the past few weeks, Essential Energy crews have responded to 5 incidents of tipper trucks coming into contact with power-lines and causing network damage.
Not only are operators and bystanders at risk, but local communities are being inconvenienced.
Essential Energy has warned that tipper trucks and machinery higher than 4.6 metres are at a greater risk of contacting overhead power-lines and therefore more caution needs to be taken to keep them away from the electricity network.
Before starting a job, drivers should assess electrical hazards and monitor weather conditions throughout the day.