Center Pivot Safety
Irrigation Hazard – Lightning
Stay away from center pivots during storms. These large metal structures act as receptors for lightning due to their height in large open areas.
Irrigation Hazards – Spraying Water on Powerlines
If you notice water from an irrigation system spraying on a powerline or transformer, do not touch the system and call the power company. Electrical current can be carried through the water and could result in electric shock.
Irrigation Hazard – Entanglements
Never approach an unguarded PTO, belt, or other power transmitting device. Alert others around you and the owner if you find a hazard. Never wear loose-fitting clothing or have long hair down while working around a PTO shaft or other power transmitting device.
Irrigation Hazard – Falls
Oftentimes, there may be foot or hand holds present on a center pivot. These are NOT ladders! Ladders must be properly anchored and angled before scaling a center pivot.
Irrigation Hazard – Run Overs
Keep vehicles and other structures out of the path of a center pivot. These structures have excellent traction and can scale vehicles, buildings, and human beings.
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