Agricultural Harvesters Urged To "Think Safety" And Avoid Overhead Electric Lines

 Agricultural Harvesters Urged To "Think Safety" And Avoid Overhead Electric

PR Newswire

BAY CITY, Mich., Oct. 2, 2013

BAY CITY, Mich., Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With sugar beet and other
harvests underway in Michigan's Thumb and throughout the state, Consumers
Energy reminds agricultural workers to look up when using agricultural
equipment near overhead electric lines.

"We know that sugar beet, field corn and soy bean harvesters work from before
dawn until after sunset," said Garrick Rochow, vice president of energy
delivery for Consumers Energy. "We want to help ensure their safety by
reminding them to remain vigilant at all times about the location of overhead
electric lines. Let's all 'think safety' first for a safe and productive
harvest season."

In the event a vehicle does contact electric lines, Consumers Energy offers
these important safety tips:

  oRemain in the vehicle until help arrives, if it is safe to do so.
  oIf you must exit the vehicle, avoid touching the ground and vehicle at the
    same time to help avoid an electric shock.
  oCall 911 or Consumers Energy immediately at 1-800-477-5050.
  oDo not attempt to remove any electric lines by yourself – wait for
    professional help to assist.

Additional safety resources to help keep agricultural workers and contractors
safe can be found by accessing This link
contains free materials such as DVDsand workbooks that can be downloaded or
requested to assist with sharing important electric and natural gas safety
information with workers. 

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Debra Dodd, 586-918-0597, or Terry Dedoes, 517-374-2159
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