Spring Power Line Safety
As we get into summer and back to working in our yards and fields, it is important to stay safe and know where the power lines are.
Each year in Alberta, over 800 power line contacts are reported. Already this year, EQUS has responded to multiple incidents in which vehicles and equipment have come into contact with our power lines and poles. The majority of these incidents have involved agricultural equipment.
These incidents can result in damage to equipment and power lines, and can cause serious injury and even death. They are also entirely preventable.
Stay safe by being aware of any underground and overhead power lines around you and your equipment. Watch your distance when raising booms, wings, extensions, or antennas and know the total height of your equipment and load, as well as the height of any overhead lines in your path. Keep at least seven metres away from any power lines.
If you're unsure about the safest route to travel with agricultural equipment or large loads please reach out to your local EQUS Area Office by calling 310.EQUS(3787). EQUS staff can provide information on nearby power lines and can help you to map out a safe route.
If you're going down instead of up, contact Utility Safety Partners, formerly Alberta One-Call, and locate any underground utilities before you break ground.