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Electrical Safety

On the Farm

Danger always exists for farm equipment to come into contact with powerlines. Augers, front-end loaders and aerial lifts are just a few examples of machinery where caution needs to be exercised around powerlines. Farmers need to increase their awareness of the risks of working around powerlines. Follow the safety tips listed below to avoid electrical safety hazards and contact with powerlines.

  • It is recommended you keep equipment at least three (3) metres away from powerlines.
  • Locate and remember where overhead powerlines are when working around the farm.
  • Stay at least 10 metres or 33 feet (the length of a school bus) away from downed powerlines, and contact Elexicon Energy (formerly Veridian Connections) immediately.
  • If you are in a vehicle that comes into contact with powerlines, do not leave the vehicle unless you are in immediate danger. Touching the vehicle and the ground at the same time could be fatal.
  • Check equipment height. Powerlines are typically 20 feet above the ground, however, weather conditions can impact powerlines causing them to sag – will they fit?
  • The safest way to move a ladder, pole, pipe or rod from one location to another is to have two people carry it. Carry these horizontal to avoid contact with overhead wires.

Safety tips courtesy of the Electrical Safety Authority. Visit their website for more information.

Heard about Stray Voltage?

Farm “stray” or “tingle” voltages are small electrical potentials between metal stabling equipment and floor surfaces. Animals that make contact between these surfaces may receive a tingle or mild shock that could disturb their normal behaviour and ultimately reduce the efficiency of a farming operation. Read our “Heard About Stray Voltage” brochure for more information.

“Heard About Stray Voltage” brochure