Growing Farm Equipment Becoming An Issue Around Power Lines

LETHBRIDGE – Fortis Alberta reports there were 49 contacts with power lines due to agriculture equipment last year.

There were no fatalities, but some of them resulted in severe injuries and extensive damage to equipment and vehicles. Some of the equipment involved in these cases include a tractor, silage truck, grain auger and a combine.

Jennifer Yip with Fortis Alberta says people need to be very careful, especially on the farm. “Equipment is getting bigger and bigger and people don’t notice that the height of the machines now is actually taller than some of our power lines, so it’s something that’s getting really dangerous now days, people really need to make sure they know where the line is.”

During 2010 and 2011, five people were killed as a result of power line contacts in the agriculture industry in Alberta.

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 4/28/2013 3:57:05 PM
Source: Tristan Tuckett – Country 95 News