Often, there is a finite window of time when grain producers can move and market their product. As a result, there is an exponential rise in the use of grain trucks. While grain producers are simply trying to get work done quickly and efficiently, this rise can lead to an increase in accidents. Plus, if weather conditions are less than ideal, leading to a limited number of days to use the the equipment and move the grain, accidents may be even more prevalent. A recent increase in the number of electrocutions among grain truck operators has brought greater awareness to farming industry power line safety. Here are a few things to remember to keep you and your operators safe:
Wait For Help
If contact with a power line occurs, the grain truck operator should sit tight and wait for the utility company to come and assess the energy line, since moving from the truck may result in electrocution. Basically, if an operator was in the vehicle when it struck the power line, their body is now a part of the “circuit,” so moving them from the truck will not actually reduce the risk, but increase it. Their body becomes part of the electricity’s path, which can lead to electrocution.
If You Must, Jump Clear
Sometimes, due to imminent danger or the chance of fire, the operator may not have the option to stay put. In this case, it is imperative that the grain truck operator jump clear of the vehicle, not simply step out. Also, it is best to jump so that both feet hit the ground at the same time. Be sure not to touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time when jumping clear. That would keep the electric circuit continuous and could lead to electrocution.
Truck Extensions are Still a Danger
Even if the grain truck itself remains clear of power lines, raising any equipment on the vehicle can lead to contact with power lines and increase the chance for electrocution. It is best to use a spotter in these instances, as someone outside the vehicle will have a much clearer view of possible hazards.
Operators and farmers alike must be cognizant of farming industry power line safety. Make sure that you and your team are well-versed in the potential dangers so everyone can stay safe. Please contact Sigalarm to find out more about power line safety and high voltage alert warning systems.