Farmers are being urged to exercise extreme caution when carrying out tasks, during a period where they have a “very busy workload following the long, wet winter”.
Laois County Councillor, Tom Mulhall, made the call during an interview with Laois Today, after he arrived on the scene of an incident involving overhead wires earlier this week.
A machine, operated by a “very experienced” farmer, got caught in the staywire of an ESB pole, which caused the overhead lines to break and fall to the ground.
Efficient and professional
Mulhall said the farmer, who was preparing ground to sow spring crops, was “quite shaken” over the incident.
“I’d also like to compliment the ESB staff over how efficient they were getting to the scene within minutes and how professional they were in carrying out significant repairs, including two new poles.” he told Laois Today.
“Luckily, enough nobody was injured, and everything was back to normal quite quickly,” Mulhall added.
Embrace FARM, a registered charity (CHY21837) within the agri sector, supports the farming community in the aftermath of farm-related accidents; it offers both practical and emotional support to the bereaved and survivors of accidents – email – [email protected] – or phone: 085-7709966.
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