Safety education is key to reducing risks on ranches and farms. Electric and gas utility lines can be found everywhere on farms and ranches. As a result, workers face a heightened risk of contact. Studies indicate that safety education and adherence to basic guidelines can reduce accidents.
Help protect yourself, as well as your workers, business, community and family. It’s important that your workers learn to recognize hazards so they can work safely near overhead and underground lines. For information and free safety education materials visit e-Smart.
Hitting an overhead electric line can shock or kill you. Wherever you are, look up for power lines before you start any job. Use a spotter and carry ladders, long tools and irrigation pipes horizontal to the ground so you don’t lift them into power lines.
Striking buried electric or gas lines can endanger people and property. Call 8-1-1 several days before you dig, grade, tile, rip, till or disc. Buried lines will be marked so you can dig a safe distance away.
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