Many accidents occur while farming or irrigating. 

  • Be sure that power lines are visible and keep large farm equipment including irrigation systems at least 10 feet away from the lines.

  • If farming equipment comes in contact with a power line, remember to stay on the equipment and wait for line crews to de-energize the lines.

When transporting large equipment or using ladders around power lines always keep at least 10 feet away from power lines. Contact with power lines can cause serious injury or even death.

  • Maintain a 10-foot clearance around all utility equipment in all directions.

  • Use a spotter and deployed flags to maintain safe distances from power lines and other electrical equipment when working in the field.

  • If your equipment makes contact with an energized or downed power line, contact 9-1-1 immediately and remain inside the vehicle until the power line is de-energized. In case of smoke or fire, exit the cab by making a solid jump out of the cab (without touching it), and hop away to safety.

  • Consider equipment and cargo extensions of your vehicle. Lumber, hay, tree limbs, irrigation pipes and even bulk materials can conduct electricity, so keep them out of contact with electrical equipment.