Reducing hazards around powerlines

Wednesday, 17 April, 2024

Reducing hazards around powerlines

Since the introduction of industrial manslaughter legislation, organisations around Australia have become increasingly aware of the importance of vigilance and best practice on construction sites.

This is especially true when it comes to working around powerlines, which pose a serious safety hazard to workers. Powerlines have caused many deaths and accidents on work sites that may have been prevented with greater care.

Operating in Victoria, SafetySpotter provides a competent electrical safety spotter to watch over workers on these sites, helping them to avoid getting too close to powerlines. It sought an innovative and practical solution to assist with this process, and subsequently deployed the Trupulse 360° laser rangefinder device. This device is designed to assist with the accurate determination of clearances from powerline hazards to plant, machinery, personnel and materials.

The technology offers precise measurements in three-dimensional space, eliminating guesswork for the user and helping organisations to comply with safety regulations. Unlike traditional methods, the Trupulse 360° laser rangefinder device is designed to offer precision and accuracy for five key 3D measurements including horizontal distance, vertical distance, diagonal (direct line) distance, azimuth and inclination.

Also used widely in forestry, mapping and public works, these devices have been key for SafetySpotter in its quest to provide reliable measurements that are critical for safety.

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