With the busy silage season fast approaching, ESB Networks is reminding all farmers and agricultural contractors to make sure they take care by staying clear of electricity wires and poles.
Electricity is a powerful force that has the potential to cause life-changing injuries or fatalities if not given the respect it deserves.
An increase in farm activity during the busy summer months, worryingly corresponds with an increase in reports of serious accidents and near misses involving machinery and overhead electricity wires.
Most accidents occur because of failure to notice the overhead wires and to take sensible precautions.
Accidents are preventable by planning ahead, taking care and recognising an unsafe situation. Never take chances with electricity. By applying the good safety practices below we can all make sure we get home safe to our families at the end of every day
When moving high loads or operating large farm machinery, make sure to be mindful of electricity poles, stays and wires overhead.
Always report any damage immediately
If you have any concerns, no how matter how small you think it is, please phone ESB Networks immediately at 1800 372 999. In an emergency situation, the speed of your phone call could make all the difference and save someone from serious injury. Our call centre operates 24/7, 365 days a year.
What if the worst happens? Take these steps to stay safe.
If a machine or its attachments come into contact with an overhead line, it could be fatal for anyone who touches the machine.
These are the steps that should be taken in the event of a hit on an overhead power line.
1 Keep 10m clear – the driver of a vehicle that comes into contact with overhead lines will usually remain safe in the cab of the vehicle. Other people are at risk if they make simultaneous contact with the vehicle (and anything attached to it) and the ground. Keep everyone clear of the vehicle, at least 10m.
2 Get help – you, or someone else, should contact ESB Networks’ emergency number (1800 372 999) immediately. If you have GPS coordinates or an Eircode for the location please pass them on to ESB Networks.
3 Jump clear – if you must leave the cab, jump well clear and do not make contact with any part as you exit. Land on your feet and take small “baby” steps until you are 10m clear. Crawling is not a safe option.
4 Stay clear – do not go back to the vehicle, even if you think it is safe to do so. It may still be live. Nobody should approach the vehicle until ESB Networks has confirmed that it is safe to do so.
Planning work around the farm and have query about overhead electricity wires?
We are here to help – for general queries and advice contact ESB Networks for information and advice at 1800 372 757 or 021 2386555 to speak with our contact centre. Contact ESB Networks at least four weeks in advance so that the work can be planned.