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Electrical Safety On The Job - Working Near Powerlines

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Working Near Powerlines

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It is important to stay safe around powerlines, as well as around all other electrical distribution system equipment. In order to be safe, stay educated about the dangers related to overhead and underground powerlines.

  1. Before beginning work, locate powerlines. 
  2. Advise co-workers.
  3. Remember to advise any new workers. 
  4. If you're working with plans or blueprints, mark the powerlines on them.
  5. Place warning signs along the route of overhead and underground powerlines in the work area.
  6. Keep material and equipment safely away from powerlines.
  7. Inform workers of the hazards of touching or coming too close to the lines. If equipment touches powerlines, the whole rig becomes electrically alive, including winch lines, drag lines or anything they are attached to.
  8. Familiarize workers with the safe distances to keep from powerlines. The law (Section 186, Regulations for Construction Projects of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990).

Even coming within certain distances of powerlines can cause serious injury or death for the operator as well as endangering the lives of others standing nearby. Remember this when working with:

  • Cranes 
  • Derricks 
  • Drilling rigs 
  • Boom equipped vehicles 
  • Winch lines 
  • Ladder trucks 
  • Bucket trucks 
  • Dump trucks 
  • House movers 
  • Earth augers 
  • Trenchers 
  • Excavators 
  • Pile drivers 
  • Tree trimmers 
  • Drag lines 
  • Farm equipment 
  • Piping 
  • Antennas 
  • Scaffolds and platforms 
  • Ladders