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Farmers have been warned of the dangers of power line farming accidents in the wake of a number of incidents across Scotland.

For example, earlier this month a 27-year-old agriculture worker was killed as a result of being electrocuted while opening a door to exit the tipper truck he had driven into a 11,000-volt cable in West Lothian.

"Farmers and farm workers are very busy at this time of year, so it is important for them to be aware of the potential hazards that working in close proximity to overhead lines can present," commented Guy Jefferson, Distribution Network Director at SP Energy Networks.

The issue of such power line-related farming accidents has become so prominent that this year's Royal Highland Show hosted a seminar on the dangers facing farmers and farm workers, with Police Scotland, NFU Mutual and Scottish Power Energy Networks all contributing.

And it is not only those who come into accidental contact with power lines who are at risk; every year many people also suffer personal injury as a result of so-called "flashover" incidents - where people or objects get too close to power lines.

Any person using a combine, tipper, ladder, irrigation pipe, sprayer boom, Mobile Elevated Work Platform, crane or polytunnel is likely to be at especial risk at suffering a power line-related farm accident, so there are many workers who can benefit from taking extra precautions.

For information and advice, including how you may be able to proceed with a farm accident claim in Scotland under a No Win No Fee agreement, call our personal injury lawyers today on 0800 0891331.

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