Power Line Safety

Power lines provide electricity to homes, industries, manufacturers, businesses, etc. Electricity has become an important requirement of human life. These lines, however, can cause injuries or fatalities. If, for any reason, a power or utility line comes down it should be considered energized and dangerous. Using safe practices near power lines is necessary. Work with power lines or any electrical power operation must be done by registered engineers or qualified and trained employees. To conduct any power line work, site conditions, atmospheric conductivity, time, wind conditions, safety requirements, and required PPE must be considered. Working under adverse weather conditions is an increased safety hazard. Before working near power lines supervisors and workers should conduct a hazard assessment of the work area, make a safe work plan, take time to examine the hazard before operating equipment, establish safe distances from overhead power lines, and follow OSHA’s safety power line standards.

  1. Power Line Safety Practices:
  • Before operating equipment make a safety plan to avoid contact with lines.
  • Check for wind and temperature conditions that could affect the power line.
  • Do not climb on equipment near power lines.
  • Plan your moves and avoid passing under power lines.
  • Do not touch the power line if it is on the ground. Stay 30 feet from the line.
  • When reporting fallen power lines be sure to give detailed information on the condition and the location.
  • When using or carrying ladders or long tools keep a least 10 feet of distance from all overhead lines.
  • Prevent kids from climbing trees near overhead power line.
  • Do not cut or prune trees if there is a danger of coming into contact with a power line.
  • Water, human body, animal bodies, tree branches, wooden materials, metal poles, and metal ladders are good conductors. Avoid contact between these materials and power lines.
  • Do not touch any utility wire or anyone who is in contact with wire.
  • Keep cranes, scaffolding, and any other high reaching equipment away from power lines.
  • Use proper PPE when working with power lines.
    • Rubber gloves or leather gloves
    • Shock resistant boots or shoes
    • Safety glasses
    • Face shields
    • Flame resistant clothing