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There have been five farm fatalities in Alberta since 2010, as a result of farmers moving equipment into energized power lines.

Unfortunately, many farmers don’t realize that the size of their equipment – like drills and sprayers – has increased, while the height of power lines has remained the same.

Both the width and the height of equipment must be considered during field use, as well as when moving equipment from one location to another.

“Everybody wants ‘bigger and better’, but we have to remember what that entails in terms of not just using, but transporting equipment,” said Cheryl Hellekson of Camrose Farm Equipment Limited, who encourages farmers to think through the logistics when buying new equipment.

According to Hellekson, the majority of farm power line incidents occur during the busy spring seeding and fall harvesting seasons.

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