ESB Advice: Be Safe Around Electricity!


At Beef 2016, safety around electricity was just one of the important topics discussed! Read more from ESB on farm safety here:

ESB Advice: Be Safe Around Electricity!

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At Beef 2016, safety around electricity was just one of the important topics discussed! Read more from ESB on farm safety here:

The farm safety village at Beef 2016 attracted a lot of interest from livestock farmers, and topics covered include electrical safety on farm.

According to Arthur Byrne, Public Safety Manager with ESB Networks since the year 2000, 49 people have died after coming into contact with electricity or faulty equipment and wiring, or when machinery came into contact with overhead electricity wires.

Stray electricity can arise because of poor connections, corroded switches, defective wiring, frayed insulation, faulty equipment or heavily loaded power lines.

Voltages greater than 1v may reduce milk yields, increase somatic cell counts, increase mastitis levels and lower live weight gain in cattle.

Animals experiencing even a minor electrical shock may be reluctant to drink from a trough which will impact on their health and performance

Poor electrical installations and equipment can also cause fires, resulting in significant losses in buildings, equipment and livestock. Handyman-type installations and temporary repairs consistently feature in fatal and other serious electrical accidents on farms.

Employing an Electrical Contractor to carry out work in accordance with ETCI Wiring Rules is always a good investment.

Having your installation checked regularly and kept in good order will help ensure that you, your family, employees and visitors are well protected from unnecessary danger.

Farmers are reminded that the wiring/rewiring of existing farm buildings is eligible for a 40% grant under the TAMS farm safety scheme

Media Contacts for ESB Network

Arthur Byrne, Public Safety Manager Tel: 087 2440905 or 056 7760426 Email: arthur.byrne@esb.ie

Photos by Jimmy Weldon



Photo 1: Pictured L2R discussing electrical farm safety on livestock farms are Brian Rohan, Embrace Farm, Tracey O’Connor, Teagasc, Ashtown, Alma Jordan, AgriKids, Julianstown, Co. Meath with Oliver Tierney, Vice Principal, Ag College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan and John McNamara, Teagasc, National Health and Safety Specialist

Photo 2: Pictured L2R discussing electrical farm safety on livestock farms are Vincent Nally, Irish Rural Link, Mullingar, Peter Gohery, farm accident survivor from East Galway, Dr. Vanesa Woods, CEO, Agriaware with Brian Higginson, Dept. CEO, Health & Safety Authority, Cork and Brian Rohan, founder of Embrace Farm.

Photo 3: Pictured L2R discussing electrical farm safety on livestock farms are Tracey O’Connor, Teagasc, Ashtown, Peter Gohery, farm accident survivor from East Galway, Alma Jordan, AgriKids, Julianstown, Co. Meath with John McNamara, Teagasc, National Health and Safety Specialist and Brian Rohan, founder of Embrace Farm.

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