Safety during a retailer’s busy season
She said to reduce complacency, actively look for hazardous risk, work to minimize these risks and work toward habits that include safety as a primary goal.
Before ending the analysis about safety, we should also recognize that custom application equipment has gotten bigger and taller. The Safe Electricity organization tells “farm workers to be particularly alert to the dangers of working with tall equipment near overhead power lines.”
Operators need to be aware of their equipment height and doubly concerned of increased height when loading and transporting applicators on truck trailer beds. Many applicators can be equipped with radios and communications systems that have tall antennas extending from the cab that could make contact with power lines.
"Follow safe work practices at all times-even if it takes a little extra time-to prevent tragic accidents," said Molly Hall, executive director of the Safe Electricity program. "Start by making sure everyone knows to maintain a minimum 10-foot clearance in all directions from power lines. It can be difficult to estimate distance, and sometimes a power line is closer than it looks. A spotter, someone with a broader view, can help."
Simply coming too close to a power line while working is dangerous as electricity can arc or "jump" to conducting material or objects, such as a ladder, pole, or truck. Remember, non-metallic materials such as lumber, tree limbs, tires, ropes, and hay will conduct electricity depending on dampness, dust, and dirt contamination.
"If your equipment does come into contact with power lines, stay in the cab and call for help," explains Hall. "Don't try to maneuver out of the power lines yourself. You could make an incredibly dangerous situation even worse."