HAZARD ALERT Driver contacts overhead power line on top of cattle truck

A cattle truck driver recently contacted overhead high voltage powerlines when he climbed on top of his trailer to check on the cattle.

The driver parked his truck on a quiet and flat roadway, but it was dark and he did not realise that he was directly below powerlines. When he climbed on top of the truck, he contacted the 22,000 volt powerlines and received severe burns to his head and feet. The electrical shock caused him to fall into the cattle crate rather than 4.6 metres to the ground and he survived the incident.

Always check your surroundings and park your vehicle well clear of powerlines. Plan your route before you start and only stop at places where it is safe to check on the cattle. If there are designated truck stops and rest areas on the route, use them.