Seven Metres to Safety
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. Stay safe by ensuring you're always at least seven metres away from any power lines, poles, or other electrical infrastructure.
As farm equipment continues to grow upwards and outwards, so does the risk of accidentally contacting power lines. Extensions on equipment can reach as high as 7.9 metres. Before raising or lowering booms, wings, or any other extensions take a moment to ensure your safety by looking around, and looking up. Be aware of any power lines around you, and know the total height of your equipment including antennas and extensions before moving your equipment.
These line contact incidents can result in damage to expensive farm equipment and electrical infrastructure, and can cause serious injury and even death. They are also entirely preventable. Protect yourself and avoid contact by staying a minimum of seven metres away from any overhead 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.