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Malvern East fatality prompts crucial reminder when working around powerlines

Sunday 6 February 2022 at 4:53 pm

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is warning the community to be aware of the life-threatening dangers when working near and around powerlines following the tragic death of a man in Malvern East over the weekend.

The independent energy safety regulator is also calling on Victorians to ensure they hire qualified and experienced arborists, who have the right equipment for the job when trimming and pruning trees near powerlines.

ESV is currently investigating the incident, which took place in Waverley Road on Saturday morning when a man was trimming back a dead tree in the front of a property. While the tree was believed to be clear of the powerlines before the incident took place, the man was most likely electrocuted after he made contact with powerlines through a pole.

The incident is also an important reminder that when using ladders, poles and other equipment near powerlines, people need to be aware of their surroundings.  

ESV Commissioner and Chairperson Marnie Williams

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.”

“This loss of a life is an unfortunate, but very important, reminder that all Victorians need to be aware of the dangers of powerlines.”

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s heavy machinery, a ladder or a pole, any contact with powerlines can result in serious injury or death as we saw over the weekend.”

“This incident also highlights that only properly trained and experienced professionals should be called engaged to carry out this kind of work, especially near powerlines.”  

Media contact: Adrian Bernecich 0437 729 194 | adrian.bernecich@energysafe.vic.gov.au  

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