Saskatchewan farmers are making good progress in the fields.
But with the focus on trying to get the crop in, SaskPower is reminding producers to make effort to be safe.
Over the last few weeks, SaskPower says it has received numerous reports of power line contacts. So far in 2017, SaskPower has received notification of 51 contacts, with 25 of those occurring in the last two weeks.
Jonathon Tremblay is a spokesperson with SaskPower. He says it’s critical people know how serious it is to collide with a power line.
“It’s not only a question of ramming into a pole accidentally and tearing down a line,”said Tremblay. “But there are serious risks of getting out of machinery if a torn-down line is on top of it.”
Tremblay says it’s fortunate no one has been seriously injured or killed, but stresses the danger is real.
“It’s eacy for us to give basic safety advice,” said Tremblay. “But it’s really is about coming home to your family healthy and alive. Anyone of those line contacts with farm machinery or digging with an auger into an underground line can result in injury or death.”
Tremblay says it’s crucial people know their equipment and take the time to identify the hazards nearby.
Tremblay says if you do hit a power line, call 911 immediately. He also suggests to call 310-22-20 if the power should be shut off in your area.