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SaskPower reminds farmers to be careful of overhead lines as spring seeding season begins

SaskPower is reminding famers to be careful operating machinery around overhead power lines this spring
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With spring seeding season well on it’s way, SaskPower is once again reminding farmers to stay safe when using equipment around power lines this year.

The annual “Look Up and Live” campaign is putting a spotlight on the number of farm safety accidents that involve power lines, with a reminder to those operating machinery around overhead lines to be extra mindful.

SaskPower reports more than 300 incidents involving farm equipment contacting overhead power lines occur each year, all of which could be preventable. Nearly half of all accident occur between April and June.

“Farm machinery is bigger than ever. Be sure to take your time, know your equipment, and identify the risks before you start your work,” said Kevin Schwing, Director of Safety at SaskPower, in a press release. “Be aware of overhead power lines while crossing fields and farmyards.”

Tips from the Crown corporation include:

  • Planning a safe route around identified risks before heading out;
  • Adding a second set of eyes at ground level as a spotter;
  • Keeping mindful of machinery size and retracting all adjustable equipment;
  • Avoid working while fatigued and take breaks; and
  • Making sure you’re digging safe by checking sask1stcall.com or calling 1 (866) 828-4888.

SaskPower will also be increasing funding provided to the Farmyard Line Relocation and Rural Relocation Programs, which help to move power lines away from farm fields and yards to reduce the risks of contact with machinery.