ESB warning to Inishowen farmers
WITH silage cutting
season underway, ESB Networks is reminding farmers
and silage contractors in Inishowen of the serious
risks associated with working near electricity
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.
Accidents are preventable by taking care and
recognising an unsafe situation. Never take chances
Contact ESB Networks immediately on 1850 372 999
(24/7 service). All farmers and silage contractors
are advised to store this number in their mobile
phone. Always stay safe and stay clear of
electricity wires. Further information is available
preventable by taking care and recognising an unsafe
situation. Never take chances with electricity.
Read these important safety messages:
• Never carry out work that brings you close to
electricity wires as they are always live and can
• Watch out for overhead electricity wires when
using tall machinery.
• Steer clear of electricity poles and stay wires.
Report anything unusual to ESB Networks.
• Never touch or come close to fallen wires or
handle stock where there are fallen wires nearby.
• Avoid crossing beneath overhead lines and always
work parallel to the line.
• Poles and overhead lines must never be close to a
silage pit. If they are closer than 6 metres,
contact ESB Networks to relocate. Do not work until
we advise it is safe to do so.
• When carrying out timber or hedge clearing work,
first check that there are no electrical wires
nearby. If there are wires in the vicinity, do not
proceed and contact ESB Networks.
• A changed farm layout could mean overhead wires
are a new hazard, contact us for advice.
You can contact ESB Networks immediately on 1850 372
999 (24/7 service). All farmers and silage
contractors are advised to store this number in
their mobile phone.