Safety first at Maze championships

NIE Networks Safety Engineer Mark Moore and Caitlin Spence talk about safety on the farm
NIE Networks Safety Engineer Mark Moore and Caitlin Spence talk about safety on the farm
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Harvest may be over, but this is still a busy time for the farming community and Northern Ireland Electricity Networks would like to remind everyone on the farm to put safety at the heart of their work.

NIE Networks will be at the Northern Ireland Ploughing Championships this Friday and Saturday to offer a range of advice on how farmers and their families can stay safe when working near the overhead and underground electricity network.

Kevin McDowell, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at NIE Networks, says the Northern Ireland Ploughing Championships is a good opportunity to talk to the farming community.

He says: “This is a popular event and offers us a great opportunity to advise the farming community and general public how they can work safely near the electricity network.

“Whether you are ploughing, cutting silage or just tidying up round the farm, we would like to remind everyone working near the electricity network to follow safety guidelines and keep themselves and everyone on site safe. Come along to the NIE Networks stand for a chat with one of our safety experts, it could help save your life.”

NIE Networks will also have a tree cutting and overhead lines expert on the stand to explain safe working practices when trimming trees and cutting hedges near overhead lines.

The 72nd Northern Ireland International Ploughing Championships will again take place on the 9th & 10th October 2015 at Balmoral Park.

These championships showcase over 50 qualified competitors from NI and ROI competing in seven different classes: World Style Conventional, World Style Reversible, Vintage Class, Horse Class, Horse Style & Appearance Class, Young Farmers Class & Ladies Class.

The Ploughing Championships is an ideal meeting place for anyone involved in the agricultural industry and their families to see top ploughmen show off their skills for the honour of being crowned a Northern Ireland Champion and representing their country on European and World stages.

In 2014, the event included trade exhibits, Young Farmers Club competitions, plus many attractions for the 1000’s of spectators to enjoy.

For more information and advice on safe working check out the NIE Networks website at or follow on Twitter @NIElectricity.