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December 17, 2017

Power Up

Harvest Safety Tips

Harvest season is one of the busiest times of year for farmers – and among the most dangerous. Equipment contacting overhead power lines is the leading cause of farm electrocution accidents in the Midwest. Before taking to the fields, Linn County REC urges farm workers to be aware of potential electrical hazards and take the necessary steps to avoid tragedy.

These tips can help keep your harvest season productive and safe:

  • Know the location of power lines and keep farm equipment at least 10 feet away from them.
  • When moving large equipment or high loads near a power line, always use a spotter, or someone to help make certain that contact is not made with a line.
  • Be aware of increased height when loading and transporting larger modern tractors with higher antennas.
  • Do not raise any equipment such as ladders, poles or rods into power lines. Remember, non-metallic materials such as lumber, tree limbs, tires, ropes, and hay will conduct electricity depending on dampness, dust and dirt contamination.

If you question the line height of a power line on your farmstead, contact Linn County REC. We can help you determine what the correct line height is.

For more information on farm safety and other electrical safety tips, visit



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