With silage cutting season underway, ESB Networks is reminding farmers and silage contractors of the serious risks associated with working near electricity wires.

At all times, keep well clear of overhead electricity lines: the minimum safe distance is three metres, horizontally and vertically. Give more space for high voltage lines.

Remember you do not have to touch electricity wires to be in serious danger. Coming close to these live wires is just as hazardous and can be fatal.

ESB Networks have recently responded to several safety incidents involving the electricity network in recent weeks and, in the past, there have been serious electrical accidents which have taken place involving silage machinery, both in the silage field and at the silage pit.

Accidents are preventable by taking care and recognising an unsafe situation. Never take chances with electricity.

If you are involved in an incident with live electricity wires, ESB Networks advises that you stay in your cab, keep everyone clear and call the emergency number 1850 372 999 immediately. If you do need to exit the cab, jump clear and take short steps until at least 10 metres away. Do not return to the scene until ESB

Networks confirms it is safe. Remember, there are no second chances with electricity.

Further information is available in our ‘Farm Safely With Electricity’ booklet and at www.esbnetworks.ie/stayingsafe.