Nearly every year, harvest equipment comes into contact with a power line or distribution power pole in the rural parts of OPPD’s service territory.
So as harvest season begins, it’s a good time to review safety precautions. The following apply year round, but are especially important this time of year.
John Mohler, manager of OPPD’s Syracuse service center, reminds farmers to check clearances for equipment, especially if they’ve recently purchased a new piece of machinery.
“When in doubt, call your local OPPD office,” Mohler said. “We can send someone out to check the height and clearance.”
He added that farmers get accustomed to the size of old equipment as they enter and exit fields, so they may not realize a new piece of equipment is a higher height.
“That’s where we run into problems.”
Regardless of the time of year, never approach a downed power line. If a line does comes down while you are in a piece of machinery, DO NOT leave the equipment and call 911 and OPPD immediately so they can help you exit safely.
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