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Economic downturn results in less work for linesmen

Horizon Power’s Managing Director Frank Tudor has confirmed the company will reduce the number of distribution workers (linesmen) it employs by 12, including five in Kununurra, four in Broome and three in Esperance by the end of the year.

Mr Tudor said a combination of factors, including the completion of a significant phase of capital works to improve the safety of Horizon Power assets, together with a reduced level of customer funded works impacted by the economic down turn, has resulted in less work for distribution workers (linesmen).

“We have recently implemented a new Asset Management System which has identified a more targeted and reduced work program,” Mr Tudor said.

“This new system, together with issues associated with the economic down turn, has necessitated a review of our distribution workforce.

“We currently have 42 Distribution Worker positions in the non-inter-connected system (which does not include the Pilbara) and this will reduce by 12, to 30 overall, by the end of November.”

Five Distribution Worker positions will be reduced in Kununurra, four in Broome and three in Esperance (including Hopetoun).

“There will be no reduction of distribution workers in the Mid West or in the Pilbara,” Mr Tudor said.

“As always, the safety and well-being of our staff is our first priority and we will review redeployment and retraining opportunities before any redundancies are offered” Mr Tudor said.

Mr Tudor confirmed that Horizon Power would continue to deliver a safe and reliable power supply across its network.

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