High Voltage Can Jump

Queensland Rail's new safety campaign, targets risk taking behaviour on the rail network whilst raising awareness of the hidden dangers of the overhead powerlines which carry 25,000 volts – 100 times more powerful than the domestic supply. The campaign highlights that people do not have to come into direct contact with overhead lines to suffer an electric shock or worse, electrocution. The strength of 25,000 volts in the overhead power line system means electricity can jump and arc out, not just destroying soles, but friendships, relationships and families.

High voltage can jump!
 
 

Based on the true story of an electric shock survivor, this story is told from the perspective of the survivor's mate who was with him at the time of the incident.

 

Based on the true story of an electric shock survivor, this story is told from the perspective of the survivor's mum.

 

You or an object do not have to come into direct contact with overhead lines to suffer an electric shock or endure life changing injuries. The strength of voltage in the overhead power line system means electricity can arc out at you. When someone receives an electric shock or gets electrocuted by being too close or coming into contact with overhead rail lines, the current often travels through their body and exits via their feet, essentially exploding their sneakers. This sneaker has been intentionally damaged to show what 25,000 volts can do.


 Visit Respect the power for further information on electrical safety at work and home.