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SaskPower reminds farmers to stay safe during harvest


August 29, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

August 29, 2012 – With swathing and combining dominating the thoughts of Saskatchewan farmers this time of year, SaskPower asks farmers to remember overhead powerlines while crossing fields and farmyards.

CHECK OUT SaskPower’s farm safety video “You’ve Got a Lot on the Line” below!

“While Saskatchewan’s farmers know their land like the backs of their hands, farmers need to always stay mindful of the powerlines on their property,” said SaskPower president and CEO Robert Watson. “It’s important to remember that this is a risk that never goes away. It only takes a moment to forget and, when people are working hard and under pressure, it’s easy for accidents to happen.”

To make sure the farming season is safe and productive, SaskPower urges farmers to keep the following safety tips in mind:

• Plan a safe route around overhead lines and power poles, and make sure everyone working with you is aware of the route and the location of potential dangers.
• Use a safety spotter to help watch for powerlines when moving equipment.
• Lower equipment before moving it and watch out for powerlines when constructing grain bins and carrying tall equipment.
• If your vehicle contacts a powerline, stay in the vehicle and call SaskPower at 310-2220. Call 911 for help if someone is injured.
• Carry a communication device at all times when out in the field.

For more information, visit saskpower.com/safety/farm .