SaskPower reminds farmers to “look up and live”


SaskPower issued a statement reminding farmers to look up and live as spring seeding begins.

SaskPower says over half of farm safety incidents occur between April and June.

The crown corporation is reminding farmers to take the extra time to look up and live while working around overhead power lines.

It could prevent serious injury or even death.

SaskPower reports more than 300 incidents involving farm equipment contacting overhead power lines each year, all of which can be prevented.

Safety director Kevin Schwing says farm machinery is bigger than ever.

He advises farmers to take their time, know their equipment and identify the risks before starting work.

Especially, be aware of overhead power lines while crossing fields and farmyards.

SaskPower will also be increasing funding to the Farmyard Line Relocation program and Rural Rebuild Program to help move power lines from farm fields and farmyards to reduce the risk of contact with farm machinery.


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