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energysafe issue 39
Don’t get cold feet this winter
By Sharon Rainsbury,
Executive Manager Media
ESV has filmed a hard-hitting new
television commercial warning of the
dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The new ad has the simple message
that a faulty gas heater can leave you cold.
It includes a stark image of cold, blue feet with
a toe tag to illustrate that carbon monoxide
poisoning can be fatal.
The ad then shows a wall heater and
central heating units being tested for carbon
monoxide to illustrate how easy it is to get a
licensed gasfitter to service your heater every
two years “to keep your family safe”.
Created by Melbourne advertising
agency Redhanded, the new ad will be
launched at the start of winter—five years
since Mooroopna brothers Chase and
Tyler Robinson died in their home from
carbon monoxide poisoning.
ESV’s long-running carbon monoxide
awareness ad, featuring the boys’ parents,
Scott and Vanessa Robinson, is running in
cinemas across May.
In the years since this tragic event,
thousands of Victorians have heeded ESV’s
warnings and had their heaters serviced.
But it’s not enough to get your heater
serviced once—it needs to become part of
regular household maintenance and should
be scheduled every two years.
Lights, camera, action: The crew prepares to film
the hard-hitting scene in ESV’s new commercial
that graphically illustrates that CO poisoning can
be deadly, while ESV gas inspector Simon Prouse
(right) shows how a CO test should be done as part
of regular appliance servicing.
SV can supply free brochures
and fridge magnets to remind
your customers of the
importance of regular
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Growing a culture of safety
By Gary Wright, Auditor Safety Systems
ESV took its Don’t put your life on the line
message directly to vegetation workers
when it attended Arborcamp in February.
Arborcamp is Victoria’s peak arboriculture
conference. It is convened annually by the
Victorian Tree Industry Organisation and this
year was held at Gembrook’s Gilwell Park.
ESV’s Rob Oldfield and Jim Robinson
delivered a safety seminar to around 80 arborists
from around the state. Their presentation
emphasised the effects of electricity on the
human body, the legislative framework, training
requirements for vegetation workers and safety
rules that apply when working in different
scenarios and for different categories of clients.
A comprehensive Q&A session followed
that highlighted the need for a forum to promote
suitable industry training, hazard awareness and
the establishment of sound, safe work practices
when working near electrical assets.
Don’t put your life on the line
ESV launched its Don’t put your life on the
line campaign following the death of a young
vegetation worker in Highett in 2014. He was
electrocuted when a branch he was clearing
contacted high voltage electric lines.
The campaign was designed to inform
vegetation workers of electrical hazards when
working near overhead lines, with a particular
focus on private contractors and those new to
the industry. Typically such groups don’t have
the same level of awareness or training as those
employed by distribution businesses or councils.
ESV is advertising in industry publications and
is also currently producing brochures, stickers and
other merchandise to promote the message.
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High stakes: ESV’s Jim Robinson and Rob Oldfield
talking with Arborcamp participants about the
dangers of working near electricity.