Battle River Power Coop would like to emphasize to farmers whenever you are working in the fields to always be aware – look up and around to identify where power poles and powerlines are located. The size of farm equipment has significantly increased since the 1950s, but the height of power lines has remained the same. When equipment makes contact with overhead power lines, farmers risk serious injury or death, extensive power outages, and costly utility repairs.

When purchasing new equipment, know the height to ensure you can cross safely under power lines. Update your GPS so it will reflect any changes. If equipment is higher than 4.1 meters (13.5 feet) you require a permit from Alberta Transportation for travel on public roads.

If you are unsure about crossing under a power line, call Battle River Power Coop for assistance. The Operations Department will review your information and advise if a proposed load can proceed or if it requires an escort (if travelling on a roadway). We will work with you to review the route and determine appropriate resource allocation. Please note Battle River Power Coop requires a minimum of 5 working days to facilitate move requests.

Other advice includes:

Maintain a 10 meter safe zone from powerlines. Powerline heights can vary depending on the weather and age of the lines. Keep your distance from power lines by maintaining a 10 meter (approximately 33 feet) safe zone and pay special attention when operating grain augers, air seeders, or back hoes. If you have any doubts or questions about clearance under power lines or safe limits of approach, call the Operations Department at Battle River Power Coop (1.877.428.3972). They will be happy to inform you about the height of specific lines and safe clearance distances.

Call before you dig. Underground facilities may be closer to the surface than you think. Whether you are planting a tree or installing a fence or a deck, ensure all your underground lines are located before you start. Verify the timelines necessary to arrange for a professional locator to identify line locations so you can include that in your project timeline. Contact Alberta One-Call to facilitate all underground line locates. Battle River Power Coop members should also call 1.877.428.3972 for locates past the meter.

Stack and store wisely. Whether you’re storing grain or hay bales, stack and store at least 10 meters away from power lines. Additionally, do not pile material (dirt, gravel, etc.) under or around power lines as this will reduce clearances.