Regional businesses can claim rebates from SafeWork NSW to purchase overhead powerline markers in a push to prevent dangerous incidents on farms.
NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said there had been a significant increase in incidents involving overhead powerlines in the past 12 months – all at properties without markers.
“Farms are one of NSW’s most dangerous workplaces, and what we’re seeing is more and more incidents where augers, trucks and low flying planes have hit electrical powerlines,” Mr Johnsen said.
“This can be incredibly dangerous for farmers and their workers, which is why the NSW Nationals in the state government are encouraging every farmer to install overhead markers on their properties.
“This is about improving on-farm safety and creating a safer and stronger regional NSW.”
After completing an eligible workshop, webinar, virtual farm safety experience or advisory visit from SafeWork NSW, landholders can apply for a $500 small business rebate towards the cost of the markers. Essential Energy has committed to offering free labour to install up to 10 markers on each property.
“These rebates are a great excuse for farmers to stop and take time to think about safety right across their operations,” Mr Johnsen said.
“With a $500 rebate and free expert installation by Essential Energy, we want every eligible farmer to take advantage of this initiative and make their workplace safer. As we are on the road to recovery from drought, the NSW Nationals in the state government is supporting our primary industries to be stronger and safer than ever.”