FARM workers are being urged to be safe working around overhead powerlines.
The reminder comes as the region's cotton growers prepare for the start of another harvest.
Essential Energy's acting regional general manager Peter Hyde urged farmers and their contractors to look up to avoid electrical hazards.
This should be the case particularly when they are harvesting or moving high machinery.
"Based on our records, one of the greatest safety risks for farmers and contractors is the movement of high machinery near or under powerlines," Mr Hyde said.
He said most rural workers were aware of the hazards associated with overhead powerlines.
"Working to tight deadlines, fatigue and complacency can result in a lack of concentration and potentially deadly consequences," Mr Hyde said.
In 2012 there were more than a dozen incidents involving cotton industry equipment coming into contact with Essential Energy's overhead electricity network.
Mr Hyde said a thorough assessment of electrical hazards was the key to accident-free harvesting and sowing seasons.
He said safe work practices also reduced downtime and the possible loss of income.
"Powerlines can be as low as 5.5 metres, so ensure required clearances are maintained at all times," Mr Hyde said.
Powerlines brought down by heavy machinery not only threaten the personal safety of operators but also compromise the safety of the general public.
He said downed powerlines could also cause inconvenience to the community through unnecessary power interruptions.
"Accidents can happen anywhere, not just your property," Mr Hyde said.
"Whether you're operating or transporting large farm equipment, plan a route to stay clear of overhead electrical lines and other hazards."
"And exercise extreme caution."
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