ATCO Electric

ATCO Electric

April 25, 2012 12:03 ET

Working Safely Together Around Power Lines

ATCO Electric asks farmers to call ahead when moving tall farm equipment

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 25, 2012) - With spring upon us, Alberta farmers are taking to their fields. Power lines are part of the rural landscape, and ATCO Electric wants to work with farmers to ensure they have enough clearance to move their tall farm equipment safely.

"Contact with a power line is 100 per cent preventable," said Bobbi Lambright, President, Operations Division, ATCO Electric. "Now is the time to call ATCO Electric so that we can work with our farm customers to plan the safest route around power lines."

ATCO Electric will determine power line heights in farmyards, fields and on nearby roads - anywhere farmers might travel with equipment that may be taller than power lines. Where required, lines will be lifted to allow the equipment to pass safely under them.

ATCO Electric offers a safety incentive program of up to four hours free labour per move for qualified farm customers, including the Rural Electrification Associations it operates. Customers are asked to call ATCO Electric at least two business days before they plan to move their equipment.

Contact with a power line can be fatal. There have been five fatalities in Alberta over the last two years due to farm equipment contact with overhead power lines. In 2011, ATCO Electric recorded 60 incidents of farm equipment contact with power lines and poles. In addition to the safety risk, contact with a power line can damage equipment and cause power outages.

For more information, contact ATCO Electric at 1-800-668-2248 and ask for your local office.

ATCO Electric provides safe, reliable delivery of electricity to nearly 213,000 customers in 245 communities across Alberta and is part of the ATCO Group of Companies. ATCO Group, with more than 8,800 employees and assets of approximately $12 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in with leading companies engaged in structures & logistics (manufacturing, logistics and noise abatement), utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution), energy (power generation, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction) and technologies (business systems solutions). More information can be found at

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