FARMERS across the Keighley and South Craven area are being urged to 'stay safe' when working near overhead power lines.

Northern Powergrid, which is responsible for the region's electricity network, says anyone driving tractors or other agricultural machinery should be vigilant.

The message has been issued to coincide with the harvest season.

Andrew Dudman, Northern Powergrid safety engineer, says: "This is a timely period to remind the farming community to stay safe and pay extra care and attention when operating tractors near overhead power lines.

"We have a range of safety information on our website and farmers can request a free pack which includes a leaflet, air freshener and sticker for your vehicle – visit, or email, to find out more."

Gareth Pearson, the company's head of health, safety and training, says: "The start of the autumn harvest season will see an increase in farming activity across our region.

"Our power lines on wooden poles carry up to 132,000 volts, so if you’re working on farm land, or transporting goods on roads in towns and villages, please be aware of where these power lines are and risk assess your journey before you set off."