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Look up and Live campaign promotes powerline safety in regional NSW

28 February 2023

Transgrid has launched a comprehensive awareness campaign to increase safety for regional communities around its 13,000km high-voltage transmission network.

The Look up and Live campaign is targeted at business owners, agricultural and construction workers, and machinery operators working around transmission lines, poles and towers as part of Transgrid’s commitment to community safety.

“Safety is our highest priority for our people, delivery partners, landowners and communities,” Transgrid Executive General Manager of Network Marie Jordan said.

“That’s why we are launching this interactive awareness campaign reminding everybody working near our powerlines to take appropriate steps to ensure they work safely.”

The safety campaign promotes a free and easy-to-use Look up and Live app, providing access to powerline locations and imagery via an interactive geospatial map, powerline safety guidelines, options for planning or performing work, Dial Before You Dig information, and other important safety links. 

Transgrid is also sending Look up and Live stickers and posters to more than 5,000 landowners in regional areas throughout its network. The stickers are designed to be placed on windscreens and cabins of machinery to remind operators about heights, encourage them to use the Look up and Live app, and provide information on what to do in an emergency. The campaign also includes promotion of safety messages on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

“Transgrid has partnered with the creators of Look up and Live (Energy Queensland) and other utility companies to provide access to our network data so those living and working near our network can safely plan their activities,” Ms Jordan said.

“The safety message is particularly pertinent for primary producers preparing to sow their winter crops, reminding them to Look up and Live and inform their contractors and staff about risk management practices around powerlines.

“We are also urging farmers to be aware of transmission line locations, machine heights and safety guidelines when reviewing their risk management strategies.

“While incidents on our network are uncommon, using the Look up and Live app will help reduce the risks of injury or death from electrocution and damage to equipment and the electricity network.

“This campaign is all about sharing important safety information and encouraging safe working practices to keep the community safe.”

For more information, visit the Look up and Live campaign. 

Transgrid media contact:

Mark Nolan 0429 047 136