In a bid to reduce the number of overhead power lines incidents that take place each year, the UK’s energy network operators have launched Look Out Look Up! The campaign encourages people to plan ahead to avoid contact with overhead power lines and to know what to do if contact is made.
Advice for the agricultural and other sectors, such as construction and road haulage, whose work may take place near overhead power lines includes:
- Risk assess – know where overhead power lines are and mark them on a map. Find out the height and reach of your equipment and how this compares to the maximum working height under overhead power lines. Share this information with workers and contractors.
- Control measures – don’t work near an overhead power line if you don’t have to. Speak to your electricity network operator for advice. Select suitable machinery and equipment and use it safely.
- Know what’s safe, and what isn’t – certain work should be avoided within 10 metres of overhead power lines, such as stacking bales and potato boxes, operating telehandlers and moving irrigation pipes.
- It is crucial that farmers, farm workers and contractors understand that when overhead power lines are damaged or fall to the ground, they should stay well away and contact their local network operator by telephoning 105.
- Know what to do if you come into contact with an overhead power line – if contact is made when you’re in a vehicle, stay in the cab and try to drive clear. If that is not possible, jump clear of the machine, move away and don’t touch it once on the ground.
- Call 105 – if an incident occurs, contact your network operator by calling the national 24 hour emergency number 105.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News