Harvest safety tips
Farming is one of the most dangerous professions in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Machinery and vehicles help on the job, but also contribute to many farming accidents. Electricity is essential to the operation of a farm but, like so many other tools, can be dangerous.
Dawson PPD encourages farmers to protect themselves from the hazards of electricity and to share electrical safety information with family and workers to help keep them safe this harvest season.
- Keep yourself and equipment 20 feet away from overhead power lines in all directions, at all times.
- Conduct a survey before you begin work. Know where overhead power lines are, and have a plan to stay far from them.
- Use a spotter. When raising any equipment such as augers, grain trucks, and even ladders, it can be difficult to tell how close you are to overhead power lines. An extra pair of eyes from a spotter can help you stay far away from power lines.
- Know what to do if you come in contact with an overhead power line. Do not leave the vehicle until utility workers have cut off electricity and confirmed that it is safe to exit the vehicles.
- Always lower portable augers or elevators to their lowest possible level—under 14 feet—before moving or transporting them. Variables like wind, uneven ground, shifting weight, or other conditions can make it difficult to control raised equipment.
- Never try to move a power line to clear a path. Power lines start to sag over time, bringing them closer to farmers and others who need to avoid them. Contact your utility to repair sagging power lines.