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Farmers warned about electrocution dangers

16th August 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Farmers have been warned about the potential dangers of electrocution at work.

Cornish Mutual has underlined the dangers as part of its FarmSafe campaign in order to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries in the agriculture industry, reports the Farmers Guardian.

Overhead powerlines are the most common cause of accidents in the sector, while poorly maintained electrical installations and equipment can also pose a threat to operators, potentially leading to fires.

Farmer and Cornish Mutual member Ian Davey said: "Farms are very dangerous places and there are lots of hazards which we’re not always fully aware of.

"We’re 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."

Mr Davey urged farmers to always be aware of powerlines when carrying out their work.

The plea comes after the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's (IOSH) North Wales Branch called for farmers to ensure that their quad bikes and tractors are safe to use.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801430082-ADNFCR


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