The risk of electrocution on farms is common due to heavy equipment coming in close contact with overhead lines. That’s why it’s important to know how to be safe this harvest.
- If you’re inside the machinery when coming in contact with a power line…
- If you can, drive safely away from the downed line and the source of electricity. Travel at least three tractor lengths before stopping.
- If you can’t drive or are injured, stay where you are until help arrives.
- If you must get out of the machinery (for example, if it is on fire), don’t touch the machinery and the ground at the same time.
- Jump out and away from the machinery, taking care to land with your feet together and touching.
- Shuffle away with your feet touching. Don’t stop until you are at least three tractor lengths away from machinery.
- Call 911 and ensure no one goes within 40 feet of machinery.