Farmers are being urged tobe extra careful when working near overhead power lines this harvest followinga spate of incidents where they have been accidentally brought down.
The electricity distributor for central southernEngland, Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD), supported by the NFU, hasissued a safety plea after power lines were brought down on farms on six separateoccasions in recent weeks.
Large farm machinery and diggers reportedly broughtdown power lines and poles and, while thankfully there were no injuries, theseincidents could all have had fatal consequences, points out the company.
SEPD is urging farmers, and in particular those who usecontractors, to make them aware of live power lines on their land, and to takeprecautions so that their equipment does not come into contact with them. Theuse of agricultural machinery (such as combine harvesters, tipping trailers,boom sprayers and loaders) and equipment such as irrigation pipes and ladders,as well as activities like stacking, can often bring farmers and agriculturalcontractors close to such power lines, warns the business.
What many people forget is that electricity can jumpthrough the air, so it is crucial that anyone operating agricultural equipmentis aware of the optimum height they can operate their equipment at and alsowhere overhead lines are situated before they shift to the next field, warnsSEPDs head of operations, Craig Gilroy.