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 harvest safety precautions . The following apply year round, but are especially important this time of year.
Another good harvest safety tip: Farmers should be sure to check clearances for equipment, especially if they’re using a new piece of machinery. When in doubt, call your local OPPD office. The utility can send someone to check your machinery’s height and clearance.
Farmers can 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 taller.
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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