Long hours and fatigue are a constant battle for farmers during planting season.
If you farm, remember to take care of yourself by getting as much rest as possible
and allowing yourself breaks to clear your head.
Be especially aware of electrical hazards around the farm. Be cautious and think
twice before acting around electricity. Safe Electricity offers farmers the
- If your machinery or vehicle comes in contact with a power line, do not get
out. Once contact has been made with a live line (even when your tractor or
truck makes contact), you are now a "pathway to ground" and you could get
electrocuted if you step out. Instead, stay where you are and call 9-1-1
to dispatch the appropriate utility to de-energize the power.
- If you come across an accident or incident near a downed power line, alert
individuals (from a distance) to stay in the tractor or vehicle as long as
there is no imminent danger. Do not approach the scene.
- When using machinery with long extensions or tall antennas and when using ladders,
look up to avoid contact with overhead power lines. o Don't forget, non-metallic
materials (such as tree limbs, ropes and hay) can conduct electricity, depending
on dampness and dust/dirt accumulation.
- Every day, map out where equipment will be moved to ensure it will clear power lines.
- When working in the vicinity of power lines, always use a spotter who has a
broad vantage point.
- Train anyone working with or for you (including seasonal employees) to be aware
of power line locations and teach them proper clearance distance. Also design and
implement a safety training program that includes a review of electrical hazards
and how to safely deal with power lines.
- According to American Family Insurance, "know your PTO." To stay safe when
working with a power take off (PTO), always disengage the PTO, turn off the
engine and remove keys before getting off the tractor. AIso, never step across
a rotating power shaft.
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