Being aware of the location of power lines — both overhead and underground — and keeping a safe distance are two of the most important steps you can take to safeguard yourself and your co-workers on the job.
Please learn more about safe practices to follow on construction sites and in workplaces.
Careful positioning of heavy equipment is required to ensure safety for workers and equipment operators. The locations for heavy equipment such as cranes should be planned jointly in advance by us and the contractor. However, even with planning, heavy equipment and work operations may need to be located near high-voltage lines. In this case use a safety watch. Lines may also need to be de-energized.
A safety watch person should be positioned near the heavy equipment the entire time it is being operated near high-voltage lines. The watch's only duties should be observing the work and communicating with the operator to ensure the equipment never violates the Circle of Safety.
If the equipment must operate within the OSHA defined minimum operating distance, contact us about proper safety precautions before starting work. The lines might be able to be de-energized or grounded or other proactive measures taken.
Heavy equipment isn't the only threat to the Circle of Safety. Lengthy tools and equipment such as bullfloat handles, rebar and long sections of metal conduit are just a few of the conductive objects that can break the Circle of Safety when used near power lines. Always remember the Circle of Safety is not just for you, but includes anything you may be carrying or working with.
Always call 811 to have your underground utilities located before digging to avoid making contact. If original markings are destroyed due to weather or heavy construction, call back to have the area remarked.
If electrical contact does occur, follow these guidelines:
The best way to avoid injury from power lines is to make a personal commitment to safety. Keep in mind the following principle:
The most valuable resource of any job at any time is never the materials, the equipment, the profit or the deadline. The most valuable resource, without exception, is always human life.