Northern Powergrid spreads life-saving ‘Look Up It’s Live’ farm message over the dangers of power lines

Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for powering everyday life for people across Yorkshire, is launching a new campaign reminding farmers of the very real dangers of power lines.

Wednesday, 30th June 2021, 8:45 am

The electricity distributor is asking farmers and farm workers to stay safe by staying away from power lines when working and making sure they know what to do in an emergency.

The company is offering advice to keep people safe.

They include:

○ Inform anyone working near power lines of the dangers and the action they should take in an emergency.

○ Remember you don’t need to make contact with a power line to be in danger. Electricity can jump to an object or person – so stay well clear!

○ Ground levels may have changed since your last visit, reducing clearance. Risk assess every situation, on every occasion.

○ Always carry a mobile phone and store 105, the number to call in an emergency.

○ Drive well clear if safe to do so and call 105.

○ If unsafe to drive clear – stay in the cab, call 105, and warn others to stay clear.

○ If unsafe to stay in cab – jump well clear. Do not step down or make contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time.

○ Leaping strides – Land with both feet together and make leaping strides away, so that one foot is always off the ground.

○ Warn others to stay clear. Damaged power lines can stay live or become live at any time without warning.

Andrew Dudman, Northern Powergrid’s safety engineer, said: “Every year there are numerous incidents across the UK where tractors and other farm machinery make contact, or come too close, to power lines risking serious life-changing injuries or even death.

“Our power lines, on wooden poles, carry voltages of up 132,000 volts, so it extremely important that people working on farm land are aware of where power lines are and that they fully risk access on each and every occasion when working. It’s vital that anyone working on land near our network knows that they don’t have to make contact with our equipment to receive a shock, getting too close is enough.”

“Our campaign is about making sure farmers not only know to look up and stay away, but they also know what to do in an emergency if the worst happens. We’re encouraging farmers to get our free safety pack, which contains an air-freshener and cab stickers for inside vehicles with potentially life-saving advice about what to do if you come too close to or hit power lines, by visiting northernpowergrid.com/safety or by emailing [email protected]