Are any "unusual" methods of clearing the power lines used down under?
Not really anything unusual, is used here.
(how's that for shocking sentence structure?, I've just got out of bed)
We usually use cranes and chainsaws as a rule.
That's terrible to hear about that young fella, line-work is inherently dangerous by the size of the equipment used.
More size= more force to get out of the way of.
Oddly enough C-H, just looking at some of them pictures, apart from the power pylon types, I'd swear it was rural New Zealand.