The man behind the ‘Look Up and Live’ app is using Electrical Safety Week to remind machinery operators of the dangers of overhead lines.
Ergon principal community safety specialist Glen ‘Cookie’ Cook was named Health and Safety Professional of the Year at the 2020 Australian Workplace Health and Safety Awards in recognition of his passionate approach to a lifesaving cause.
“I work on the protection motivation theory,” he said.
“People have got to understand that powerlines are dangerous, they’ve got to have a fear of that hazard plus feelings of self-worth to get home to their friends and family safely, but also something where they can easily change their behaviour and that’s how we’ve come up with the Look Up and Live application.”
The interactive safety tool at lookupandlive.com.au shows the location of overhead powerlines, so that people can identify risks and hazards before starting work.
It is also an award winner, named ‘best solution to an identified electrical issue’ at the Queensland Safe Work Awards last year.
Mr Cook said the app had been available publicly since April 2019 and had more than 50,000 uses in 12 months. It was recently released in an apple app version.
“Electrical Safety Week is a week to raise electrical safety awareness, to reduce avoidable electrical accidents,” Mr Cook said.
“The Look Up and Live app is a great example of raising powerline safety awareness, giving workers effective powerline planning at your fingertips.”
Anyone with a mobile phone or any device can access lookupandlive.com.au, which has printable maps for site inductions and quick links to request free safety advice or powerline markers.