Overhead Distribution Maintenance

Don’t let the sparks fly this storm season!

Are you aware that Powerlines which sit within your property are your responsibility?

There are lots of questions buzzing around the safety and maintenance of overhead powerlines in Western Australia. Some of these questions include,

  • Who is responsible for the maintenance and checks of powerlines?
  • What should I do if I notice damage and exposed wires?
  • Who should I contact if I see a fault or damage?
  • How can I be more aware and prepared as we approach this storm season?

As the storm season approaches forgotten and neglected powerlines are susceptible to damage and/ or undetected faults. Especially, overhead jarrah powerlines where overgrown vegetation, windborne and environmental impacts and damages can significantly influence the overall use of a powerline.

In 2014 the Parkerville Bushfire was sparked by the collapse of a rotten termite infested powerline, located on a large private property within the Perth Hills. The damage caused from the pole destroyed 57 homes as well as vehicles. Since the collapse and damage caused by the powerline an investigation and court case have taken place.

What constitutes as a Private Powerline?

Any jarrah poles, wires and pole-top fittings which are located on a private property. For example, large rural and remote properties i.e. hobby farms and vineyards.

What should I look out for?

  • Jarrah power poles that are excessively leaning to one side
  • Evidence of corrosion, rotting and/ or other further damages
  • Noticeable electrical overhead damages, loose or exposed dangling wires
  • Overgrown vegetation

So, what should I do if I own a property with an overhead powerline…?

  • Ensure that you maintain surrounding vegetation (*Please note: it is recommended that a 2-meter clearing should be kept around any given jarrah powerline)
  • Be aware of poles that are leaning excessively
  • Note noticeable low-hanging wires, corrosion, cracks or termite damages and contact a qualified Overhead Distribution Maintenance team 

What are faults caused by?

Faults are mainly caused by four interceptions but are not limited to the below,

  • Interception of vehicles
  • Overgrown vegetation and debris
  • Contact from birds and other wild life
  • Influence and impact from varying weather conditions

Benefits of Overhead Distribution Networks

  • Easily accessible which allows for easy fixes in a cost effective and timely manner.
  • Up to 61% cheaper to fix and maintain

Are you ready for this storm season?

The team at Morris Infrastructure Group hold a proven and solid track record in delivering quality infrastructure projects with a strong focus on safety and client satisfaction.

Morris Infrastructure Group are a market leading company priding themselves on honest reliable services with safety and quality being at the forefront of each inspection and project carried out.


 

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