The ESB has warned farmers to be vigilant of overhead wires as silage season gets under way.
They’ve advised that contact or even near contact with wires whether in a field or need a silage pit can prove fatal.
“The minimum safe distance is three metres, horizontally and vertically; it is more for higher voltage lines,” the ESB said.
If machinery does come in contact with wires the following guidelines are advised:Stay in the cab.Keep everyone else clear of the scene, by at least five metres.Phone ESB Networks immediately.If possible, reverse out of the contact situation.If you exit the cab (e.g. because of fire), jump clear and take short steps until you are five metres clear.Do not return to the cab.Do not, under any circumstances, touch the line or anything the line may be in contact with.
The emergency contact number is 1850 372 999 ( 24/7 service).