Rain clouds are moving in quickly and you want to finish harvesting that last field. Another wagon is ready to dump, and more will be arriving soon. You need to move the portable auger to the next storage bin.

To stay on schedule, you decide to move the auger without first lowering the height. Without warning, the auger contacts overhead power lines and two workers are electrocuted.

It was too late to do anything…

 

Every year around 60 farm workers in the U.S. are electrocuted, according to the National Agricultural Safety Database. The tragic aspect is that these deaths could have been prevented. Farm workers can reduce their risks of electrocution by knowing how they, or others on the farm, can unknowingly come in contact with electricity.

This video discusses the importance of electrical safety including electrical hazards and what to do if you experience an electrical accident.