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  Campaign highlights power line dangers

Campaign highlights power line dangers

2 July 2016 Email this article

SP Energy Networks has teamed up with NFU Scotland and Police Scotland to raise awareness of the hazards of working close to electricity on farmland.

In the past year alone, there were 730 incidents on farmland involving electricity across central and southern Scotland, an increase of almost 40% on the previous year.

 

Meanwhile, although 88% of Scottish young farmers were aware of what the “Danger of Death” sign stands for, 49% were still not sure what to do in the event of a fallen power line, according to a survey by the network distributor, carried out this month in association with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers.

Discussing the campaign, Guy Jefferson, director at SP Energy Networks, said: “Every year we see serious incidents involving electricity, many of which could have been avoided.

“Working near power lines can prove fatal if the right precautions are not taken. With the increasing height of modern farm machinery, the risk of contacting a power line is more likely now than ever before.”