Ameren Illinois is partnering with Safe Electricity in recognition of National Farm Safety and Health Week, which was this last week, to share tips on how farmers can avoid dangers while working the fields. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 62 farm workers are electrocuted each year in the U.S. Some of the reason for that, according to an Ameren Illinois spokesman, is because newer farm equipment is taller than ever.
Craig Gilson, Senior Director of Division Operations for Ameren Illinois tells The Big Z you need to keep gas lines in mind too.
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The group Safe Electricity advises you to follow safe work practices at all times even if it takes a little extra time, maintain a minimum 10-foot clearance from power lines, if a power line is low contact Ameren; never try to fix it yourself, and if your equipment comes into contact with a power line stay in the cab and call for help. For more tips on electric safety visit www.safeelectricity.org .