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Agriculture

Agriculture is one of Canada's three most hazardous industries. In fact, 43% of agricultural workers have reported direct hits or near misses with power lines.

Know the Risks

In the past year, there have been 131 incidents of farm equipment contacting power lines in Alberta. Farm equipment is larger than ever and it’s easy to get distracted. Contact with a power line can kill you – but it’s entirely preventable.

Always be aware of overhead or underground power lines on your property and take extra precautions during peak seasons. If you’re planning to move oversized loads or operate equipment near power lines, call ATCO or FortisAlberta to verify the height and voltage of power lines or plan the safest route.

Use caution when raising and lowering booms, wings or extensions.

Extensions on equipment can reach as high as 7.9 metres. Keeping a distance of at least 7 metres between the highest point of your equipment and overhead power lines will keep you out of harm's way. Don't forget about antennas!

Know the height of your equipment.

Even when moving equipment from field to field, always be aware of the height of your equipment. If you're unsure whether you can move your equipment safely, contact your local utility company. They'll help you map out a safe route.

Keep conductive equipment and materials at a safe distance.

When installing fence wire, don't erect it along the same route as power lines on your property. Avoid straining the wire to prevent it from springing up and making contact with overhead lines.

Know safe working distances and stick to them.

Always ensure that hay and grain piles, ladders, silos, and buildings are at least 7 metres away from overhead power lines. Before breaking ground on your property, contact Alberta One-Call to locate all underground utilities.

Agriculture Safety on the Blog

How to Stay Safe from Seeding to Harvest

From spotting hazards on your property to learning about safe limits of approach, here's how you can keep safety top of mind on the farm.

June 1st, 2017
Safety
Underground
Overhead
Agriculture
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Changing Heights and Depths of Utilities

Did you know that the weather can affect the height and depth of power lines over time? Here are the facts.

August 15th, 2017
Safety
Underground
Overhead
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Contact Map

Think power line contacts are few and far between? Think again.
Keep track of overhead and underground contacts occurring across Alberta.

The Joint Utility Safety Team (JUST) is a partnership between the following Alberta electric utilities with contributions from local municipalities, formed to address the frequency of power line contacts across the province.