Northern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has been sharing life-saving advice with the farming community as part of it Look Up It’s Live campaign to help prevent drivers of agricultural equipment being killed or injured when their vehicle make contact or comes too close to power lines.
The campaign which targeted farmers, farm workers and anyone operating farm machinery was seen more than four million times with thousands going on to visit Northern Powergrid’s website to get more information or request the company’s free farm safety packs.
Northern Powergrid’s Director of Health, Safety and Environment, Geoff Earl, said: “Every year in the UK drivers of agricultural equipment are killed and many more are seriously injured when their vehicle comes into contact, or too close to overhead power lines. This campaign reminds farmers and farm workers to Look Up It’s Live to ensure they stay clear of power lines whilst reminding them of the potentially life-saving advice if their vehicle comes too close to or makes contact with our power lines.
“Agriculture may have the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK but there are signs that this is improving and we want to be part of this change. It’s fantastic news that our targeted safety message has been seen more than four million times with thousands of people visiting our website to find out more about staying safe near power lines and what to do in an emergency.
“We have thousands of miles of overhead power lines on wooden poles which can carry voltages of up 132,000 volts - anyone driving agricultural vehicles should be extra vigilant of these lines, especially at dusk or dawn when visibility is poorer. We also recommend carrying a mobile phone at all times and store 105, the number to call in an emergency.”
Staying safe near power lines
- 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.
What to do 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.
Visit northernpowergrid.com/safety to find out more about staying safe and to order the company’s free safety pack, which includes a cab sticker and air freshener for inside your cab to ensure you always have emergency advice on hand.
Northern Powergrid is currently exploring the best ways it can support the communities it serves and powers in the future. Customers interested in sharing their views on everything from safety and network reliability to decarbonisation and customer service can visit the company’s dedicated microsite to contribute to the building of the electricity network operator's 2023-2028 business plan.