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Grain Bin Safety

Safety should always be a priority when you are working on the farm. So before you start building a new grain bin, Heartland Power would like to provide assistance in the planning phase to create a safe environment for everyone working and living around the grain bins. When building or moving a grain bin, plan for specific clearances required by the American National Standards Institute and the State of Iowa.

According to the National Electric Safety Code overhead power lines should be at least 18 feet above the tops of newly erected grain bins. These clearances were established to provide sufficient room for augers, wagons, or grain carts. The code also specifies the distance that power lines must be from the loading and non-loading sides of bins.

Before moving or building a grain bin, contact Dave Low at Heartland Power at 641-713-4965 to help determine the exact distance your facilities need to be in order to be in compliance.


Grain Bin Clearance Graphic


Disclaimer: These drawings are provided as part of Iowa electric cooperatives’ annual public information campaign and are based on the 2012 Edition of the NESC as corrected. To view the actual drawings refer to 2012 Edition National Electrical Safety Code and the Errata to 2012 Edition National Electrical Safety Code Correction Sheet issued April 29, 2013. Every care has been taken for the correctness of the contents of these drawings. However, the IAEC and its member cooperatives accept no liability whatsoever for omissions or errors, technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes or for damages of any kind arising from the use of the contents of these drawings, whether textual or graphical.




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