Always assume that a powerline is live unless and until the owner of the line has confirmed that it is dead.
Even though power lines are normally visible, people are less aware of them when they are busy at work, particularly at night, so accidents do happen. Where equipment or machinery is used near overhead power lines the risks must be considered and controlled.
Find out the heights and locations of overhead power lines crossing land you farm and mark these on a map.
Do not store materials, stack bales or store crops underneath overhead power lines.
When purchasing new machinery, make sure you are aware of its maximum height and ensure that there is sufficient clearance to pass safely beneath overhead power lines on your land.
Make sure people working on your farm, including contractors, are aware of the heights of overhead power lines so that they can plan their work to reduce the risk of coming into contact with them.
Equipment that is capable of contacting overhead powerlines should not work within 10 metres of the line..