SafetyFamers Urged to Look Up during Harvest Season
Remember electrical safety during National Farm Safety and Health Week
Every year, an average 62 farm workers are electrocuted in the United States and many more are injured, according to Labor Department statistics. During National Farm Safety and Health Week, Safe Electricity urges farm operators, family members, and employees to beware of overhead power lines, to keep farm equipment safely away and to know what to do if accidental contact is made with power lines. Visit www.SafeElectricity.org nd watch the video story of farmer Jim Flach, who was fatally injured as he climbed down from his equipment that was in contact with overhead power lines.
It’s vital to keep equipment safety away from them, a minimum 10 foot safety radius around the electric line.
Farm operators, family members, and farm employees are urged to take these measures:
- Use a spotter when moving tall loads near lines.
- Inspect farm equipment for transport height and determine clearance with any power lines under which the equipment must pass.
- Make sure everyone knows what to do if accidental contact is made with power lines.
National Farm Safety and Health Week is the perfect time for farm families and workers to discuss electrical dangers and to know how to avoid them. Learn more at www.SafeElectricity.org.
|That line may be closer than it looks – use a spotter||