Farmers ranked on 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. It is no wonder farmers make that list. As agriculturists are
well-aware, many dangers are present in their long and arduous workdays.
Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative and Safe Electricity 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. 800-927-6068
• 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.