Every year, it seems that weather has always created delays in harvest locally. These delays create a sense of urgency that unfortunately created a sense of “rush” and urgency to work swiftly as the days of sunshine and clear skies are replaced with rainy weather. Farmers, as you begin to feel that sense of urgency to continue your harvest, we urge you to remember to keep safety at the top of your mind. Here are a few basic tips to remember relating to working near power lines safely:
- Every day, take a few moments to look around. Think about the tasks you will be completing each day and assess your work area for dangers, including the location of power lines. Share this information with anyone working to help you complete your harvest.
- As you view and consider the location of power lines in your field, remember to establish a distance of at least 20 feet from facilities.
- When you are raising your equipment, such as augers or the beds of a grain truck, use extra care. Always use a spotter to help you gain the correct perspective as you maneuver your equipment near lines. Remember also that wind can shift the location of lines so take those changes into consideration.
- Under no circumstances should you attempt to raise or move a power line.