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Farmers safety warning

LOCAL farmers and crofters are being reminded of the dangers of harvesting when working near overhead power lines after several accidents this year in Scotland.

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution’s Shetland operations manager George Priest said equipment such as “silage trailers, tipping trailers and booms”, as well as stacking, can prove a danger.

“What many people don’t realise is electricity can jump through the air, so it is crucial that anyone operating agricultural machinery is aware of the optimum height their equipment can operate at and they are aware of the power lines near them while working on and travelling between fields,” he said.

Those involved in agriculture can view a safety leaflet produced by Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution by clicking here.

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