Farm Safety

Farm equipment must be operated with caution, and this is especially true when working around power lines.  Augers, front-end loaders and aerial lifts are just a few examples of machinery that can come in contact with overhead wires.

Elexicon Energy wants to keep farming customers safe. Follow these safety tips  to avoid electrical safety hazards while working around your farm.

  • It is recommended you keep farm equipment at least three (3) metres away from power lines.
  • Look for and be aware of the location of overhead power lines while working.
  • Stay at least 10 metres or 33 feet (the length of a school bus) away from downed power lines, and contact Elexicon immediately.
  • If you are in a vehicle that comes into contact with power lines, do not leave the vehicle unless you are in immediate danger – touching the vehicle and the ground at the same time could be fatal. If you must leave the vehicle, jump as far away from it as possible, landing on both feet at the same time, and shuffle away from the area, keeping your feet in contact with the ground.
  • Check equipment height. Power lines are typically 20 feet above the ground. However, weather conditions can cause power lines to sag. Be sure all farm equipment has clearance.
  • When moving a ladder, pole, pipe or rod from one location to another, carry it horizontally to avoid contact with overhead wires. For added safety, have two people move these items.

What is Stray Voltage?

Stray voltage or tingle voltage is a small electrical potential between metal stabling equipment and floor surfaces. While it is usually not harmful, animals that make contact between these surfaces may receive a tingle or mild shock that could disturb their normal behaviour and ultimately reduce the efficiency of a farming operation.