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Power warning to West Yorkshire farmers
6:24pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
Farmers have been warned to exercise care when harvesting after a farmer from the district crashed into an electricity pole, bringing down high voltage power lines.
The farm vehicle hit the pole on an unnamed Keighley farm on August 23, and Northern Powergrid have used the potentially deadly accident as an example for other farmers to learn from as harvest season begins.
The organisation says that coming into contact with overhead lines can prove fatal.
Paul Norton, head of safety, said: “It’s easy to misjudge heights and distances, especially when tired or in poor light such as at dusk or dawn. Another important point is that farm equipment spraying jets of water or pesticides can, if they come into contact with power lines, provide a circuit of electricity that can cause death or serious injury.”