Farming is among the more dangerous occupations for several reasons, including potential for encounters with electrical hazards. Before taking to the fields, we want to remind farm workers to be aware of overhead power lines and to keep equipment and extensions far away from them.
Know what jobs will happen near power lines and have a plan to keep the assigned workers safe.
10 Feet Away
Keep yourself and equipment at least 10 feet away from power lines in all directions, at all times.
Use a Spotter
When doing field work, use a spotter and deploy flags to maintain safe distances from power lines and other electrical equipment.
When loading and transporting larger tractors with higher antennas, be aware of increased height.
Call Your Co-op
Never attempt to move a power line to clear a path. If they have sagged over time, call Dakota Electric to repair it.
Keep equipment extensions at their lowest level when moving them. Wind, uneven ground and other conditions could cause you to lose control of your equipment.
Use qualified electricians for work on drying equipment and other farm electrical systems.
Be careful not to raise any equipment, such as ladders, poles or rods into power lines.
If your equipment makes contact with an energized or downed power line, contact Dakota Electric immediately and do not exit the equipment until the power line is de-energized.
Dakota Electric sends out Circuits monthly newsletter to our members each month. Inside, members can find valuable money- and energy-saving tips, special event details, news about Dakota Electric and electric utility industry information that may impact electric bills.
Dakota Electric Association
4300 220th Street West
Farmington, Minnesota 55024