is quick and deadly, and may be one of the most overlooked
hazards on the farm.
year, 62 farm workers in the United States are killed by electrocution.
In 1991, two Iowa farm workers were killed and two others
were injured in accidents involving electricity.
grain augers, oversized wagons, large combines and other tall
or cumbersome equipment easily can contact overhead power
lines. The result is electrocution of anyone on the equipment.
your hazards of electrocution:
lower a portable grain auger before you move it, even if
only a few feet.
all objects at least 10 feet away from overhead lines. Know
where all overhead power lines are located on your property
and inform all workers about them.
your route between fields, to bins and elevators, and on
public roads so that you avoid low-hanging power lines.
If someone else transports large equipment, always specify
a safe route and explain why certain routes must be taken.
sure you and everyone else in your operation know what to
do in an emergency.
equipment gets hung up on a power line, the operator should
NOT get off the machinery unless in immediate danger. If
the operator touches the ground and the equipment at the
same time, he or she will become a channel for electricity.
you must leave the equipment, jump as far away from the
machinery as possible. Never get back on machinery that
touches a power line until the utility company disconnects
the possibility of burying power lines in heavily used areas
on the farm, such as around grain bins.
newsletter item was distributed by Iowa State University Extension
as part of the Safe Farm program. Safe Farm promotes health
and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute
for Occupational Safety and Health, Iowa State University, and
a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families.
Distribution date: November 1992.
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