With the busy farming and construction season upon us, it is important to keep safety in mind.
SaskPower has launched its annual safety campaign. The message of this year’s campaign is to ‘Look Up and Live’ while working near electricity.
“Each and every year, there are hundreds of completely preventable powerline contacts in Saskatchewan, which can cause injury or even death. When it comes to farming, we’re seeing those numbers trending upwards,” said Kevin Schwing, SaskPower’s director of health and safety, in a press release.
“Last year, there were more than 300 incidents involving farm equipment, which is 40 more than the year before.”
SaskPower says most farm-related line contacts take place early in the growing season. It is typically the result of equipment hitting an overhead line or power pole.
Workers in the construction industry should watch out for machinery hitting underground power lines.
On average, there is one fatality each year associated with coming into contact with a power line.
SaskPower advises that all power line contacts are preventable. There are steps you can take to protect yourself, including:
- Be aware of the power lines around you and plan your route ahead of time. Lower equipment where needed and use a spotter to prevent contact.
- Take multiple breaks throughout the day and ensure you get plenty of rest before heading to work. Drinking plenty of water can also help prevent fatigue.
Call 1-866-828-4888 or visit www.sask1stcall.com before you dig. Someone will come out to locate underground lines.
For more information on electrical safety, including prevention and steps to take if you hit a power line, go to www.saskpower.com/safety.