For farmers and ranchers, power line hazards may be present in your yard, on public or private roadways, or in fields themselves.
In Alberta, there have been five farm power line related fatalities since 2010. Yet farmers are less likely to self-identify with power lines as a major workplace threat . With worksite and home often being one in the same, they aren’t always assessing their environment with a safety mindset. Complacency is also a concern with switching back and forth between many routine tasks.
Learn how to protect yourself, your family and workers from potentially devastating power line incidents.
Before you move a high load vehicle, including farm equipment, make safety your priority. Plan your route, know the clearances and regulations and contact all utilities in the area in advance of your planned move.
Is Repetition Putting Your Workers at Risk?
If your daily routine includes a safety check, you can’t afford to get lost in the repetition, not even for a moment. That’s what Alberta’s Joint Utility Safety Team (JUST) is reminding workers in their new TV ad.
Today, many farmers are using Global Position System (GPS) technology to be more productive and efficient in their farming operations.
On-the-job safety is a priority and concern among employers in most industries in Alberta. In 2007, the Workers Compensation Board of Alberta paid out nearly $220 million in compensation for a broad range of work-related incidents.
Among Operators of large equipment and truck drivers in Alberta, typically males 18 – 50 years old, the majority of power line contacts are associated with five common pieces of commercial and farm equipment (in order of prevalence).
There have been five farm fatalities in Alberta since 2010, as a result of farmers moving equipment into energized power lines.
According to a 2012 Ispos Reid survey of operators of large equipment (Operators), 43% of farmers reported more direct hits or near misses with power lines (a 9% increase over 2011) compared to 25% of all Operators surveyed.
Safety has always been a priority at Rocky Mountain Equipment (RME) and it’s driven from the top down – from the CEO to the production line. RME is Alberta’s most recent farm equipment dealer to partner with the Joint Utility Safety Team (JUST) to promote power line safety awareness among their customers.
“WHERE’S THE LINE?” recently launched a “monster” TV spot that shows how quickly power lines can become deadly – no matter how invincible you think you are.
If you’re just counting on luck to keep you safe, consider this: every day, two to three Albertans needlessly risk their lives by contacting an overhead or underground power line. In 2012, that translated into 934 power line incidents in Alberta.
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If your equipment is over 4.15 metres, it’s considered over-height and you must have a permit for transport from Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation. If your equipment is over 5.3 metres you must also contact your local utility in advance of your move.