Peter Vujanic, head of safety for SSEN Distribution said:“Our latest campaign, ‘Look out, look up, look after yourself’ is all about giving farmers a quick heads up which could save lives and prevent life-changing injuries.
“We’re proud to describe this campaign as ‘informed by farmers, for farmers’, as our work with the agricultural community throughout the year has really helped to shape the way our campaign is being rolled out.”
SSEN has produced the following advice to help famers stay safe when working near the electricity network:
- Before you head out on the farm, always check for power lines above you – ‘look out, look up, look after yourself’.
- If your farm machinery hits a power line stay in the cab if safe, call 105 and wait for help.
- Never touch an overhead line and don’t assume it’s dead – always assume it’s live unless, or until, the owner of the line has confirmed that it’s dead.
- When machinery is in contact with an overhead line, anyone who touches both the machinery and the ground can be electrocuted. Stay in the machinery and lower raised parts in contact with the line or drive the machinery out of the line.
- If you need to get out, to call for help or because of fire, don’t climb out as usual – jump out as far as possible, without touching the line or machinery; don’t touch any part of the machinery when on the ground.
- Call 105 and ask to disconnect the supply. Even if the line appears dead, don’t touch it.
In the past 12 months, SSEN has seen a further reduction in the number of non-injury events on farms across its network in central southern England and the north of Scotland, with 853 in 2021, compared to 865 in 2020 and 910 in 2019.
While the figures are heading in the right direction, SSEN is keen to bring numbers down even further. It has been engaging with farmers directly, and their feedback has influenced this year’s safety drive across a range of media.