|Moving irrigation pipe near power lines often deadly|
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Each year, farm workers are killed or injured when long equipment makes contact with overhead power lines. Irrigation pipe is involved in many accidents, as young people seeing animals enter the pipe will often upend it trying to get them out.
Take some time to survey your surroundings before moving any long equipment. Look up and around you; note any power lines that could be close enough to come into contact with equipment – and stay away. Always know the location of nearby electrical lines when working with irrigation equipment. Any contact between the irrigation equipment and nearby electrical lines could be fatal or cause serious injury.
Safe Electricity offers the following tips:
If an irrigation pipe comes in contact with a power line, never try to remove it yourself. Stay away from it and call your local electric utility for help.
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