Trees and Your Power Supply

Public safety is paramount to Westpower. Trees in contact with power lines are a safety hazard and have the potential to cause injury or even death by electrocution if someone touches a tree made “live” by a power line.

The Dangers of Trees Near Power Lines

Public safety is paramount to Westpower. Trees in contact with power lines are a safety hazard and have the potential to cause injury or even death by electrocution if someone touches a tree made “live” by a power line.

If you are the owner of any tree(s) near power lines, it is vitally important to ensure that you are aware of the Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003 and the steps that must be taken to safeguard yourself and your family from potential harm.

Remember: You don't have to touch a live line to receive a shock!

Trees falling onto power lines, trees dropping branches, vegetation material being blown onto power lines, and trees planted under power lines can cause disruptions to your power supply. In severe weather conditions, it may take longer for the power to be restored.

There are several tree species that can be problematic when planted near power lines; for example - pine, blue gum and willow trees. Serious consideration should be given to the species and placement of trees on your property to ensure they do not interfere with power lines now or in the future.

Remember – that lovely little shrub you planted may become a 5 metre monster in a few years!

 

The Dangers of Cutting Trees Near Power Lines

Cutting or trimming trees in the vicinity of power lines is extremely dangerous. Any tree that has come into contact or is in close proximity to a live power line constitutes a serious hazard and has the potential to cause injury or even death by electrocution if someone touches a tree made “live” by a power line.

You can contact Westpower to disconnect your power free of charge before starting work or, Westpower can refer you to specialised contractors fully qualified and experienced in tree trimming around live power lines.

You may wish to organise for your trees to be trimmed or removed by another contractor. Please be aware that your chosen contractor must be compliant with the relevant Codes of Practice, Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, the Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003 and have adequate public liability insurance. Please also be aware that your contractor will need approval from Westpower’s Network Control Centre prior to starting work before operating any machinery within four metres of any power lines.

For more information refer to our 'Trees and Your Power Supply' publication.