NIE Networks highlights safety issues

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NIE Networks is warning farmers that ‘safety must come first’ when working near overhead power lines and poles.

The warning comes on the back of national Farm Safety Week that begins on the 16 July. The week aims to remind farmers of the dangers around the farm and the dangers of working close to overhead power lines.

Kevin McDowell, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at NIE Networks said: “Spreading the message about safety on the farm is vitally important. Every year members of the agricultural community or their contractors are injured or killed due to accidental contact with overhead power lines. Farm Safety Week is a good opportunity to remind farmers that when cutting hedgerows, trimming trees, spraying crops or cutting silage, they make themselves aware of where there are electricity poles or overhead power lines.

“This message is particularly important at this time of year with farmers taking advantage of the good weather to work on the farm. We are urging all agricultural workers to ‘look up, look out’ and to ensure that when operating heavy machinery they stay at least five metres from overhead power lines.”

For more information about staying safe around electricity visit nienetworks.co.uk/safety, and for more information about Farm Safety Week visit yellowwellies.org.