Farm Safety

Research shows (and every farmer knows) that farming is a hazardous occupation. These hazards include electric shock which can cause farm worker fatalities. Many farm workers have been seriously injured as a result of contacting power lines while moving or installing equipment. With the widespread use of electricity on today's farming operations, we believe you should be aware of the potential dangers involved in using it.

Electric-powered mowers and other tools should not be used in the rain, on wet grass or in wet conditions. Inspect power tools and electric lawn mowers before each use for frayed power cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housings. If damaged, stop using it immediately. Repair it or replace it. Always use an extension cord marked for outdoor use and rated for the power needs of your tools. Remember to unplug all portable power tools when not in use. Since metal ladders conduct electricity, watch out for overhead wires and power lines.


The 10 foot rule refers to the distance extending ten feet in every direction from any power line. It's the distance you should observe when you're working outdoors with equipment or machinery such as a crane, forklift, backhoe, dump truck, television antenna, drilling rig or skid loader. It's an important rule to remember.