Northern Powergrid
Northern Powergrid Roadshow to Spread Safety Messages to Driffield's Farming Community

July 20, 2017

Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the network that keeps the power flowing to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is set to spread safety messages to Driffield's farming community and showcase how it works 24/7 to keep the lights on for customers.

The electricity distributor is hosting a stand at Driffield Show on Wednesday 19 July as part of the company's plans to attend five key shows in the region's agricultural calendar this year.

During the show Northern Powergrid staff will be on hand to offer essential free safety guidance to Driffield's farming community about working near its overhead power lines, information about how Northern Powergrid manages and invests in the region's electricity network and details about career opportunities with the electricity distributor.

Staff will also be ready to answer questions from local people, as well as any specialised queries from local landowners or farmers about times when the company needs to go onto their land to carry out essential maintenance or investment work to improve or repair the region's power network.

To help bring the harvesting safety message home to Driffield's farmers and farm workers Northern Powergrid will be handing out specially designed key rings and pens, containing scrolls with vital safety advice, and in-cab air fresheners and stickers aimed at reminding people to look up and be aware of any power lines where they're working.

Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid's director of safety, health and environment, said: "Our stand at the Yorkshire Show was a huge success and we're now looking forward to being part this year's Driffield Show. 

"Through the show we can share vital safety messages with the local farming community. We can also meet our customers and give them an insight into what we do every day to keep their lights on and improve the region's power network.

Geoff added: "Large sections of our network cross farmland and include some overhead cables on wood poles that carrying anything up to 132,000 volts.

"Judging heights and distances, especially when tired or operating in reduced light at dusk or dawn, can be challenging for farmer and farm workers. We're focused on increasing awareness so local farmers remember to plan ahead and look up while working this harvest season; understand the potentially fatal consequences of coming into contact with our overhead lines and know exactly what to do if something should happen to them."

Northern Powergrid has a free Working together with agriculture to save lives' guide and  is encouraging local farmers to download a copy from its website - northernpowergrid.com

Carrying out risk assessments on land before starting work is essential, especially prior to harvesting crops and if farmers have contracted in new staff who may not be as familiar with the land as them.

In addition to the Driffield Show, Northern Powergrid has already attended the Northumberland Show, Lincolnshire Show and the Great Yorkshire Show. The electricity distributor will conclude its roadshow with the Stokesley Show on 23 September.

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