Be safe on the job
It is important to be aware of possible hazardous conditions. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind when working:
• Do not assume all power lines have the same clearance height. Height can vary by year built, location and voltage.
• Your old machinery clears the lines, but how about your newer, bigger machinery?
• The roof of your machinery might clear the lines, but how about the radio antenna?
• If snow or other debris is piled beneath a power line, it will reduce your clearance.
• Make sure you call 811 before you dig.
• Be careful not to hit guy wires that support poles.
• Avoid storing hay or other material near power lines, because it can be a hazard when loading.
• Always lower an auger or other boom before moving it.
• Be careful when working near trees that may block the view of power lines.
• If equipment gets hung up on a power line, the operator should NOT get off the machinery unless in immediate danger.
• If 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 line.
• Train all workers and your children about safety near power lines.