Farmers, a quick heads up can save your life
23rd May 2022
Did you know that two people die or are seriously injured each year in the UK when their machinery makes contact with overhead power lines?
Before you head out on the farm, it’s important to check the power lines above you. This small step could make all the difference to staying safe and accident-free. Always be aware of the height of machinery that will be in use near power lines and ensure there’s plenty of clearance – remember that electricity can ‘jump’ if an object comes near enough.
If you do come into contact with an overhead line or cable, stay in your cab if it’s safe to do so and call 105 immediately, this is the free UK-wide single emergency number for power companies and is the quickest way to put you through to the correct network operator.
If the situation is too dangerous to stay put, for example, if your machinery is affected by fire, it’s advised that you leap out of the vehicle as high and as far as you can to avoid touching any part of the machinery or electricity network.
If you would like further information on staying safe when working near power lines, please visit https://www.ssen.co.uk/power-cuts-emergencies/keeping-safe/