Farm Powerline Safety

ATCO Electric would like to remind our farming community of the hazards associated with working and moving equipment around near power lines

ATCO Electric Farm Safety Tips

Today’s farm equipment is bigger than ever which can mean big problems when you’re working

around power lines. Contact with a power line can result in damaged equipment, severe

injuries or even death, but is 100 per cent preventable. Stay safe with these tips:

1. Check the height of your equipment. If you’re buying it new, confirm the height, update

your GPS with any changes and consider your route to ensure you can cross safely under

power lines. Exercise caution if equipment is higher than 4.1 metres.

2. Stay seven metres away from power lines. Keep this in mind when operating grain

augers or air seeders, or when lifting truck boxes or back hoes.

3. Stack and store wisely. Whether it’s a grain bin or bale storage, stack and store it seven

metres away from power lines.

4. Plan before moving tall equipment. Map your route and locate any overhead power

lines. If you don’t know whether it’s safe to cross under or work near a power line, call

ATCO Electric for help: 1-855-277-1670.

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