Friday, 17 August 2012

FARMERS are being warned about the risk of electrocution while at work.

Today we are highlighting the dangers of electrocution and severe electric shock... aim = to cut the number of deaths and serious injuries in agriculture.

On average, two people are killed by electricity every year in agriculture in the UK, with many more injured or escaping with near misses, according to the Health and Safety Executive. In Cornwall there were two electricity-related fatalities on farms in 2011.

Top of the list of risks is overhead powerlines which can range from 230 to 400,000 volts and which remain the most common cause of accidents and deaths.

However, poorly maintained electrical installations and equipment can be lethal to those operating it as well as having the potential to cause fires, resulting in significant losses in buildings, equipment and livestock.

Farms are very dangerous places and there are lots of hazards which we’re not always fully aware of.

so there you have it - DONT always in a hurry to get a job done, usually influenced by the weather, and often we don’t stand back and look at the dangers involved.

Our message is to look up and be aware of power lines.”

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