Electrical safety is key to prevent fires, injuries, electrocution and potential death. Take a look at possible electrical hazards on your farm by starting with this checklist.
Where could electrical hazards be “hiding” on your farm?
The checklist below lists a few common hazards you can look for:
- Are all electrical outlets grounded to accommodate (3 wire) appliances and equipment?
- Are electric wires firmly supported or in conduit?
- Are all electrical cords in good condition (not cracked, broken or brittle)?
- Are stationary power tools properly grounded?
- Can electrical equipment be locked in the “off” position, particularly when equipment is being repaired or serviced? Is a lock available?
- Are all workers aware of overhead power lines?
- Are plugs, sockets, and switches in good condition (not broken or with exposed wiring)?
- Do all workers know how to shut off the power in case of an emergency?
You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm. Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.DOWNLOAD PDF CHECKLIST
Disclaimer: The facts and information listed above are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to insure your safety.
WHAT IS THE UMASH FARM SAFETY CHECK?
The UMASH Farm Safety Check is a quick monthly review to identify and fix potential hazards before they cause harm to your family and employees – and your bottom line.
Each month, Farm Safety Check will focus on a different topic, offering checklists and tips for identifying hazards, along with resources to remedy any problems. Use the Farm Safety Check checklists and resources to reinforce safety practices throughout the year and help prevent incidents and injuries for workers, visitors, and farm families.