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Stay safe when working near power lines

June 4, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

Farmers and farm workers are being reminded to stay safe when working near electricity pylons this harvest.

There were 384 report incidents across the UK in 2018 where machinery and equipment such as tipping trailers, lorry mounted cranes, combine harvesters and telehandlers, made contact with overhead electricity lines.

The potential tragic consequences when large agricultural equipment comes into contact with a power line is shown in an emotive video produced on behalf of UK Power Networks – the company which own and maintain electricity cables and lines across the East of England.

“Everyone has the right to go home safely after a day’s work,” said UK Power Networks safety adviser Ros Forbes.

“We advise people to plan ahead to stay safe and if in doubt, contact us before starting work.”

Tips to stay safe include:

• Checking the location of underground cables and overhead power lines
• Adding locations of electrical equipment to your farm map
• Telling contractors or casual workers about the presence of cables and lines
• Taking care when ploughing, using irrigation pipes, ladders and combine harvesters
• Looking up when loading or unloading vehicles, using tipper wagons, trailers or stacking materials

If the worst happens and your vehicle touches or brings down a power line:
• Stay in the cab and if you can use your mobile, ring 999
• Warn others to stay well clear
• If you need to get out of the cab, jump well clear so no contact is made between you, the vehicle and the ground at the same time
• Never touch the vehicle once you are on the ground and run well clear
• Do not return to the vehicle because wires may re-energise without warning
• Assume the cables are live, even if they are not sparking
• Keep everyone away and call UK Power Networks on 105 or 0800 3163105

For detailed guidance on staying safe, visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk

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