Switch on to safety with face of power

Western Power worker Glenn Dillon-Smith on set during filming.
Western Power worker Glenn Dillon-Smith on set during filming.

Tripped circuit breakers, meter-box fires, fallen or damaged power lines are all in a day’s work for the Western Power network response officer.

Now Mr Dillon-Smith (34) has a new role.

The father-of-two appears in Western Power’s latest television advertisements promoting its ‘Make the Safe Call’ winter safety campaign.

‘I don’t mind the exposure and my kids enjoy it,’ he said of the commercials, which involved two response crews filming in Hamilton Hill.

Mr Dillon-Smith joined Western Power almost 10 years ago as a maintenance worker, working up to his present role based at the Stirling depot.

‘Every day is different,’ he said. ‘It might be loss of power due to a circuit breaker tripping to fallen power lines to traffic accidents and working with FESA at house fires.’

Energy Minister Mike Nahan urged people to stay well clear of fallen power lines and to make the safe call during storm season.

‘Fallen power lines are a safety hazard, which is why it is vital that everyone understands how to act,’ he said. ‘We all know who to call if someone is injured or if there is a fire, but if you spot a low hanging or broken power line, you should call Western Power on 13 13 51. Lines people work rain, hail or shine so, if you see a hazard on our electricity network this winter, make the safe call.’