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DIY=DIE when it comes to electrical work Two Victorian farmers have died after being electrocuted doing their own electrical maintenance work. In late 2015, a 75-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to fix a submersible pump on a property at Moorabool near Geelong. In January 2016 a 21-year-old farmer from Yarroweyah in northern Victoria was electrocuted while attending to a pump in a drainage pit. These tragic, preventable deaths highlight the problem of farmers and rural workers performing electrical work they are not qualified to do. Doing your own electrical work is not only illegal—it can also be fatal. Electrical work must always be done by a licensed electrician. Energy Safe Victoria has launched a new campaign called DIY=DIE to urge farmers and rural workers to never perform their own electrical work. The message is simple: don’t die trying to be an electrician.

Energy Safe Victoria is aware that financial pressures can mean many farmers work long hours or potentially cut corners with maintenance. We know that farmers are adept at a range of things but when it comes to electrical work it is just not worth the risk.

Farmers are being urged to call in a licensed electrician, no matter how remote the property or how simple the job appears to be.

Always call in a licensed electrician, no matter how remote the property or how simple the job appears to be. To minimise risk, farmers should carefully manage electrical installations and equipment and keep it in good working order.

ESV’s top tips for farmers:

Do not become another DIY statistic.

• Turn off water pumps before entering the water and touching or checking the equipment

Make safety the number one priority on your farm and do not take shortcuts that could cost you your life. Energy Safe Victoria will be at this year’s Elmore Field Days at Site AP125A.

• Never ignore minor shocks and tingles—these can be signs of a bigger electrical problem

• Do not try to fix submersible pumps yourself—electricity and water is a deadly combination • Do not use oversized fuse wiring • Never use broken power tools or faulty extension cords • Always call in a licensed electrician, no matter how small the job.

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