High voltage transmission lines are very dangerous to farm around. The following links provide tragic examples of what can come from irresponsible transmission line routing.
“Wires fell from an overhead power line Monday afternoon, sparking a brush fire that took volunteers from a dozen fire departments two hours to extinguish.”
“The incident occurred because 10 feet of clearance was not maintained between the equipment and the power lines. Luckily, no one was injured during the incident, but electrocution was a possibility.”
“From what I can tell they were moving this piece of equipment by hand and I think with the wind blowing as well it might’ve just made contact where they thought they had a little more room,” said Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen.
“Grant McCann, 35, of Springfield, was operating a sprayer around 10:30 a.m. on Apple Tree Road in the Springfield area when a boom on the equipment got tangled with an overhead power line, said Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow. McCann attempted to exit the tractor and was electrocuted. McCann died on scene.”
“Mr. Price was driving a tractor spraying his wheat field in the 900 block of Cliffside Highway about 1 p.m. when he raised the 45 left spray boom,” Fowler said. “The steel boom made contact with a 7200 volt electrical line which energized the tractor with electricity. He attempted to get off while holding onto the rails of the tractor’s ladder. When his feet made contact with the ground he was electrocuted.”