Farming is perennially near the top of the list of the most dangerous jobs in the United States according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. One hazard faced by farm workers, while they are also feeling the pressure to get the crops in the ground, is electricity and the equipment that carries it to homes and businesses. However, with proper planning and education, risks of and accidents involving electricity can be greatly reduced.
One critical part of safety around electricity is awareness. With the use of large equipment, farmers can easily find themselves in dangerous proximity to overhead lines. Being aware of the location of those wires can help reduce accidents.
Safe Electricity urges farmers and farm workers to remember:
Jim Flach’s sprayer made contact with overhead power lines and it cost him his life. Take a few minutes to go to SafeElectricity.org, watch Jim’s story, and share it with everyone involved in your farming operation to help keep them safe.
Get more electrical safety information at SafeElectricity.org.
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