Cranes, derricks, boom trucks and other specialized equipment that have the ability to get within 20 feet of overhead transmission lines present special hazards and entities such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have published rules regarding safe work practices for these types of equipment when working around or near overhead energized power lines.
As discussed in the general safety section of this page, for your safety, coordinate with Sharyland if you need to work with large equipment under or near Sharyland transmission lines.
Use caution when storing, handling, and installing irrigation pipe, and when operating spray irrigation systems near power lines. To avoid electrical contact with power lines, two very important safety practices should be observed at all times:
While moving irrigation pipe under or near power lines, keep the equipment in a horizontal position to keep it away from overhead wires.
Electricity can be conducted through water so never allow the irrigation system to spray a continuous stream onto power lines or towers. In addition, central pivot circular irrigation systems installed near or under power lines can develop hazardous shock potentials during operation and maintenance. To eliminate these hazards:
Before a power line is built, Sharyland negotiates with the landowner for the right to cross the land as required for the construction, operation and maintenance of the line. Sharyland acquires right-of-way rights to construct, operate and maintain a power line and the right to keep the right-of-way clear of all structures, fire hazards, vegetation and any other use that may interfere with the operation or maintenance of the line. Most crops, less than 10 feet in height, can be grown safely under power lines. Orchards, Christmas trees and structure-supported crops (i.e., trellises) require special consideration.
Construction and maintenance of any structures are specifically prohibited within a Sharyland right-of-way. Coordinating with Sharyland early in your planning process can keep you safe and avoid wasting time and money.