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Farm safety needs planning

Don’t put your life on the line. Accidental contact with powerlines can cause death or serious injury. Before you or others on your property head into the field, use Look up and Live to confirm the location of powerlines with the live app and interactive map.

Farm equipment and powerlines on farms

Trucks, tractors, harvesters, and other farm equipment are dangerous when combined with powerlines. On average each year, about 20 South Australians are involved in incidents where farm equipment hits Stobie poles or powerlines.

This year however, we have seen a record number of incidents.

Use of GPS, dusty conditions, the urgency to get out to harvest or plant the next crop all contribute to these incidents on farms.

If there are any powerlines on your property, visit Look up and Live and plan for safety. You can locate overhead powerlines on an interactive geospatial map.

Take extra care if your work involves:

  • Using high vehicles or tall machinery, such as cranes or augers
  • Relying on GPS to steer your vehicle
  • Raising the tipper tray of trucks
  • Raising farm equipment such as irrigation pipes overhead
  • Climbing on top of machinery or storage silos
  • Farm workers and contractors who are not familiar with your property and the location of powerlines

Look up and Live app

The free Look up and Live app is an important tool to safely plan and/or perform work . The use of the app may help minimise contact and reduce the risk of injury or death from electrocution and damage to equipment and the electricity network.

Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play store on your mobile device and search for Look up and Live.

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Look up and live instructional video


Tips for working safely around powerlines

Download the Working Safely Around Powerlines info sheet.

Look up and live graphic Regularly remind everyone who lives or works on your farm about powerline locations and electrical safety precautions
Look up and live graphic When using GPS-guided equipment, program the location of electricity infrastructure into the system.
Look up and live graphic When crop dusting, identify where powerlines are located before commencing the job.
Look up and live graphic shows a seeder in the field. When moving or using farm machinery, or transporting long or tall loads, look up and to both sides to avoid electricity infrastructure. Today’s farm equipment is higher and wider than ever.
Look up and live graphic showing sheds in front of a live powerline When selecting sites for sheds, haystacks and silos, choose ones away from powerlines to minimise the risk of injury.
Look up and live graphic showing irrigation on a farm When installing, moving or using irrigation equipment, be aware of powerlines as water conducts electricity.


What to do if you contact powerlines with farm equipment

It is best to stay in your vehicle and ensure others in the vicinity stay at least 10 metres clear until help arrives. If you need to exit, follow these instructions:

  • Step 1. Jump out and clear of the vehicle with your with feet together, and do not touch the vehicle and ground at the same time.
  • Step 2. Using shuffling steps with your feet close together, move calmly to at least 10 metres away.
  • Step 3. Call SA Power Networks immediately on 13 13 66.
  • Step 4. Stay clear of the vehicle until help arrives.
  • Wait for SA Power Networks staff to confirm that the powerline is now safe.

Visit to identify the location of powerlines on your property. In a power emergency, call 13 13 66. For police or ambulance assistance, call 000.