Man, 60, is stable following electric shock
A PRATTEN man who received an electric shock when machinery he was operating clipped powerlines yesterday was in a stable condition in Warwick Hospital last night.
Emergency crews were called to a rural property on Clegg Lane, just north of Pratten, shortly before midday after the incident was called in.
It is understood the man was using a crane mounted on a truck to undertake home maintenance when the device it came into contact with powerlines on the property.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the 60-year-old man had received a significant and serious electric shock but was "very stable" when later transported to Warwick Hospital.
The incident cut the power supply to more than 400 households in the Pratten, Bony Mountain, Thane, Wheatvale, Rodgers Creek, Leslie and several other nearby districts.
Supply was restored to 329 affected households by 2pm and the remaining 106 were back on by 2.45pm after an Ergon Energy crew attended the scene.
An Ergon Energy spokesman reminded householders and workers to always keep in mind the "look up and live" message.
"Cranes and similar machinery are a major risk when it comes to contact with powerlines," he said.
"Always be aware of overhead powerlines when moving equipment, including ladders and lengthy metal equipment, around your property.
"This includes cleaning and painting, planting or pruning trees, cleaning pools, moving boats, farming equipment and heavy machinery.
"Stay at least three metres from the service line and attachment point - the one that connects power to most homes.
"Take care when you are cleaning gutters or working near the electrical connection point to a building or other structure."
He said when checking a property pole, the cross arm supporting the powerline, or the powerline itself, always check from the ground.
"Do not climb the pole and do not touch the powerline," he said.
"If you see a fallen powerline - stay well clear and call 000.
"Always assume fallen powerlines are live - stay clear and warn others.
Ergon also advises that trees growing into or near powerlines are dangerous as they can bring down powerlines or interrupt your electricity supply.
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