SP Energy Networks are set to join forces with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) to help combat the number of deaths and injuries on farmland from overhead power lines.
The partnership hopes to raise awareness of SP Energy Networks’ work in rural areas amongst the young farming community, including promoting career opportunities, working safely around electrical equipment and helping to deliver potentially life-saving safety tips.
Guy Jefferson, director of SP Energy Networks, said: “In the last year, 730 incidents were reported to SP Energy Networks on farmland involving electricity across the Central and South Scotland regions, an increase of almost 40 per cent on the previous year. Working near power lines can prove fatal if the right precautions are not taken, and with the increasing height of modern farm machinery, the risks of contacting a power are very real.”
Over the coming year, SP Energy Networks will be working alongside the SAYFC’s 3,500 members, aged between 14 and 30, to encourage awareness of the hazards of working close to electricity and to promote the correct safety precautions.
SP Energy Networks owns and manages more than 58,000km of cable, many of which are located on agricultural land.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to share our experience and knowledge with this key stakeholder group and broaden our knowledge of the agricultural industry.” Mr Jefferson said.
SAYFC and SP Energy Networks will also offer events, club meetings, online competitions and key information on their services on social media.