In 2017, farmers ranked eighth in the list of the most dangerous jobs (civilian jobs with highest fatality rates) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics/U.S. Dept. of Labor. Unfortunately, farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers rank right below other hazardous jobs such as logging, roofing, and steel work.
It is no wonder farmers make that list. As agriculturists are well-aware, many dangers are present in their long and arduous workdays.
Safe Electricity and Stanton County Public Power District, remind farmers
that accidents related to power and electricity are also possible but in most cases they can be prevented. Especially during the busy harvest season, take the following steps to decrease the chances of an electrical-related incident:
Always use a spotter when operating large machinery near lines.
• Use care when raising augers or the bed of grain trucks around power lines.
• Keep equipment at least 10 feet from lines — at all times, in all directions.
• Inspect the height of the farm equipment to determine clearance.
• Always lower extensions to the lowest setting when moving loads.
• Never attempt to move a power line out of the way or raise it for clearance.
• If a power line is sagging or low, call us right away.
• If your equipment does hit a power line, do not leave the cab. Immediately
call 9-1-1, warn others to stay away, and wait for the utility crew to cut the power.
Although harvest season is a time filled with tight deadlines and heightened work stress, take the time to consider electrical safety. It could save your life or the lives of others.
For more information about electrical safety, visit SafeElectricity.org.