Farm Safety

MVEA urges farm workers to be especially aware of the dangers of using farm equipment near power lines. Make sure that you, your family, and any farm workers know the location of all overhead power lines. Map out and discuss ways to avoid them when moving equipment.

  • Know the height of all farm equipment and of nearby power lines
  • Never move equipment under a line if you are unsure of the clearance
  • Avoid moving large machinery alone
  • Enlist someone to monitor you as you drive to prevent contact with overhead lines
  • Take caution when lifting or moving irrigation pipe. The combination of metal irrigation pipe and high voltage electricity can be deadly.
  • Periodically check grounding rods and wires around buildings and power poles.
  • These rods and wires can become damaged and broken. If damaged, the overall system will not provide adequate grounding protection.
  • Always assume that utility lines are “live” – or energized – and keep far away from them
  • Be especially attentive after wind, ice, or heavy snow storms when wires may have fallen to the ground
  • If a power line hits your tractor, or other farm equipment, drive slowly away from the line if you can do so safely. If not, stay inside and wait for rescue workers. If you must get out because of fire or other danger, jump clear without touching metal and ground at the same time. Shuffle away keeping both feet on the ground. Downed Power Line Safety Sheet (PDF).