Big drop in electricity incidents

ELECTRICAL safety incidents in regional Queensland communities decreased by more than 30 per cent last financial year, thanks in part to Ergon Energy’s Community Electrical Safety Awareness Plan.

General Manager Operations Southern Paul Jordon said electrical incidents such as illegal DIY work and tampering with meters were the most common cause in the past financial year with 14 incidents reported.

Road transport (10), earthmoving (8) and agriculture (5) were the next most frequent incidents among the 44 recorded for the year. Mr Jordon was pleased with the results and said there was an improvement in most categories.

“But there is no room for complacency,” he said. “In 2009-10, almost 70,000 regional Queensland customers had their supply interrupted through community impacts on Ergon Energy’s network but this is an improvement of 35 per cent.”

Mr Jordon said since Ergon Energy launched its first Community Electrical Safety Awareness Plan in 2007, community electrical safety incidents fell by a total of 47 per cent.

The core safety message was Look Up and Live.

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