Have a Safe Spring!
Operating large equipment near overhead lines is one of the often overlooked, yet potentially deadly, hazards of working on a farm.
- Make sure everyone knows to maintain a 10-foot clearance minimum from power lines.
- Be aware of increased height when loading and transporting tractors on trailer beds.
- Avoid raising the arms of planters or cultivators near power lines, and never attempt to raise or move a power line to clear a path.
- Simply working too close to a power line is dangerous as electricity can arc or “jump” to conducting objects, such as a ladder, pole or truck.
- Non-metallic materials such as lumber, tires, ropes and hay will conduct electricity depending on dampness, dust and dirt contamination.
If your equipment does come into contact with power lines, stay in the cab and call Big Horn REA for help – 800-564-2419. If the power line is energized and you step outside, your body becomes the path to the ground. Even if a line has landed on the ground, there is still potential for the area to be energized. Warn others who may be nearby to stay away and wait until help arrives.
If exiting the cab is absolutely necessary because of fire, the proper action is to jump—not step—with both feet together, hitting the ground at the same time. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Hop to safety, keeping both feet together as you leave the area.