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Farm Safety

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Farm Safety

Farming is among the more dangerous occupations. Every year an average of 62 men and women working on farms are electrocuted when farm machines touch overhead power lines. We urge farm managers to share these safety tips with their farm workers to keep everyone safe.

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Train anyone working on your farm, including family members and seasonal workers, about electrical hazards.

Have daily meetings to review the day's work and discuss safety implications. Know and review where the power lines are, the clearance required and the proper position of extensions as they are transported.

Remind workers to fold or unfold extensions well into the field, not close to the field's edge where power lines are typically located.

When working in the vicinity of power lines, always have a spotter on the ground, who can direct you away from power lines or poles if you are getting too close.

If your machine or truck makes contact with a power line, pole, or guy wire, you could become electricity's path to ground and become electrocuted if you step out of the cab.

CALL 9-1-1
Call 9-1-1 to have your electric utility dispatched to deenergize the power source. Only exit the cab if your equipment is on fire. If that happens, make a solid jump out and hop away with feet together as far as you can.

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MAINTAIN A 10-FOOT CLEARANCE around all utility equipment in all directions.

USE A SPOTTER AND DEPLOYED FLAGS to maintain safe distances from power lines and other equipment when doing field work.

IF YOUR EQUIPMENT DOES HIT A POWER LINE, POLE, OR GUY WIRE, DO NOT LEAVE THE CAB. Immediately call 9-1-1, warn others to stay away, and wait for the utility crew to cut the power. In case of smoke or fire, exit the cab by making a solid jump out of the cab, without touching it at the same time, and hop away to safety.

CONSIDER EQUIPMENT AND CARGO EXTENSIONS OF YOUR VEHICLE. Lumber, hay, tree limbs, irrigation pipe and even bulk materials can conduct electricity, so keep them out of contact with electrical equipment.

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