Northern News : November 28th 2012
2 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 NEWS Editor Keri Molloy Ph 09 407 0050/09 405 2040 email: email@example.com Sports Jan Salmon Ph 09 407 0363 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Northern Regional Manager Lynne Popham Ph 09 405 2744 Kaikohe Ph 09 407 0361 Kerikeri email: email@example.com Advertising Craig Williams Ph 021 119 4043 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Classifieds Free ph 0800 022 812 Free fax 0800 022 815 email: email@example.com or 09 405 2040 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 12,197 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 11) Delivered (each Wednesday) to Kaikohe, Okaihau, Ohaeawai, Moerewa, South and North Hokianga and Kaitaia. Rural areas include: Awanui RD 1. Kaikohe RD 1, 2, 3. Kaitaia RD 1, 2, 3(part), 4. Kawakawa RD 1, 2, 3. Kohukohu RD 1. Broadwood RD 2. Kohukohu RD 2. Okaihau RD 1, 2. Russell RD. Kaikohe Office: 60 Broadway, Kaikohe. P.O. Box 1, Kaikohe. Ph 09 405 2040 Fax 09 401 2129 Kerikeri Office: 93 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri. P.O. Box 392, Kerikeri. Ph 09 407 0050 Fax 09 407 0369 www.northernnews.co.nz Reporter Hamish MacLean Ph 09 407 0050/09 407 0368 email: email@example.com 5010556AB LAWN TRACTORS FROM $3,599* *Refers to model LT19538 State Highway 10 Waipapa | Ph. 09 407 7736 www.midnorthhonda.co.nz OPEN SATURDAY MORNINGS MID NORTH HONDA www.husqvarna.co.nz Take care around power lines Too many contractors, builders and other tradesmen ignore, or are not aware of, the risks posed by powerlines close to where they're working, says Far North power company Top Energy. As building and con- struction work ramps up for the summer the com- pany is asking workers to help avoid injuries and death through elec- trocution. Top Energy is running a publicity campaign to highlight the legal obli- gation for anyone plan- ning to work within four metres of an overhead line, and five metres of a power pole, to apply to the company for close approach' consent. This process ensures workers are briefed on safe practices around power lines, and what can be provided to assist them to work safely and without incurring expensive damage repair bills. Since Top Energy started publicising its Close Approach policy in 2010 more than 50 con- sent certificates have been issued. There have been no line contacts or damage on any of the sites that have had a close approach certificate covering the work. During the same period there have been at least five incidents where the process was not followed and where contact with power lines resulted in either dam- age to the lines or contractors' equipment, or disruption to power supplies. When this hap- pens the person causing the damage can be charged for the cost of repair, or be liable for any resulting injuries. We're asking people to look after themselves and their mates simply by not being tempted to follow short-cuts,'' Top Energy operations man- ager Tony Smallman said. Our close approach procedure is designed to make it as simple as possible for people to let us know what they're doing, allowing us to take the action necessary to enable them to do it safely.'' It's not just the risk of equipment touching powerlines that worries Mr Smallman. It's also the fact that electricity can jump' distances of up to three metres with fatal consequences. Christmas is coming, work is ramping up and we're determined to ensure that no-one in the Far North is killed or injured through careless- ness or ignorance of the four and five metre rules,'' he said. The Close Approach application procedure, which can be followed online through Top Energy's site topenergy .co.nz, details the docu- mentation and processes required before anyone can work or excavate near Top Energy's power lines, or other electrical equipment. Thanks for bosses Thank you: Certificates of Appreciation were passed out in Kaikohe on Friday when the Kaikohe Fire Brigade held its Employers Recognition Dinner. The fire brigade thanked the many local employers who allow the volunteers to go to fire calls during the day. Kaikohe Deputy Chief Fire Officer Wiremu Matene, left, thanks Senior Fire Fighter Luers Crump, who is self- employed. The fire brigade is looking for suitable volunteers. Contact Mr Matene for more information at wiremu.matene@ fndc.govt.nz.
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