Northern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is set to spread its lifesaving 'Look up it's Live' safety message to farmers and farm workers at this year's Great Yorkshire Show.
Northern Powergrid's safety team will be attending the three-day show, now in its 161st year, to increase awareness of the dangers of working near overhead power lines and making sure farmers know what to do in an emergency.
The electricity network operator will also showcase how its investing around a £1 million a day to keep the lights on for the 3.9 million homes and businesses it delivers electricity to through its power network. It will also be promoting its free Priority Services Register encouraging anyone who may need to extra help during a power cut due to having a medical condition, young family or a disability to sign up and get the support they need from the company's Powergrid Care team.
Throughout the event, Northern Powergrid experts will also be on hand to answer landowners’ questions about when the company may need to go onto their land to carry out essential maintenance; and provide information about how to connect to the power network.
Craft apprentices and graduates from the company will be sharung details about career opportunities with Northern Powergrid. They will share real-life experiences of working for the region’s electricity network operator and explain how it’s an excellent time to consider a career in the industry as Northern Powergrid innovates in smart technologies and works toward creating a low-carbon energy network that delivers more for customers.
The electricity network operator’s stand is also set to energise families with fun activities, freebies and face painting to keep the children entertained while parents spend a few minutes chatting with Team Powergrid, take 5 minutes to relax in a giant deck chair or, if more energetic, cycle a special power bike to charge their mobile phones while at the show.
The show starts Tuesday 9 July and runs until Thursday 11 July with Northern Powergrid’s team on site for the full three days.
Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid's Director of Safety, Health and Environment, said: "Health and Safety Executive figures published just this month sadly show that the agriculture industry continues to have the poorest safety record across a number of areas*. We want to ensure that farmers and farm workers and know how to stay safe by working safely near overhead power lines as well as knowing what to do in an emergency.
“Every single year in the UK farmers and farm workers are seriously injured or killed when their vehicles or plant comes into contact with, or gets too close to power lines. We’re encouraging farmers and farm workers attending this year's show to stop by our stand so we can help them really understands the risks. They’ll be able to watch live safety demonstrations, get free safety advice, cab stickers and air fresheners to remind them about how to stay safe - and more importantly learn how to save their own life if they ever get too close or hit a power line.
"Our 'Look up it's Live' campaign reminds farmers that overhead cables on wooden poles can carry voltages of up to 132,000 volts. Spending just a few minutes 'looking up' and carrying out a thorough risk assessment before working can avoid potentially fatal consequences and save lives.”
Geoff added: "The show also provides a great opportunity for our teams to share information about our Powergrid Care team and Priority Services Register which is free to join and offers support to customers who may need extra help in a power cut due to their personal or medical circumstances.”
Customers can sign up friends or family – as well as themselves – to Northern Powergrid's Priority Services Register at any time by visiting northernpowergrid.com/care or calling 0800 169 2996.