Farm contractor contacted power lines with harvester

Energy type: 
Electricity
 
Event summary: 
A farm contractor contacted power lines with harvester.
 
Accident ID: 
151222 04
 
Accident date: 
20 December 2015
 
Site: 
Rural
 
Environment: 
Outside (above ground)
 
Voltage: 
11000
 
Equipment: 
Overhead lines
 
Accident type: 
Electrical mechanical
 
Casualty: 
Non-fatality
 
Injury: 
No injury
 
Property damage level: 
Restricted to the direct vicinity of the equipment
 
Outcome of investigation: 

Following the incident where a harvester contacted power lines, an investigation revealed that the driver had forgotten to lower his grain chute, as the result of being distracted. Another worker offered to close a gate, which would normally have been closed by the harvester driver, who would have then checked his chute. Company procedures have been reviewed as a result. The driver did however stay inside the vehicle as he was trained to do in such circumstances.