Working Safely Near Power Lines

Course Description:

Overhead and buried power lines are especially hazardous for general construction workers. You are using equipment in close proximity to sources of electricity, and this is a serious workplace hazard. Accidental contact-direct or indirect-could be deadly. For this reason, working around power lines requires extra diligence—as well as good judgment and common sense—from you and from your employer. This training session covers the hazards of energized power lines and the ways you can protect yourself when working near them.
Course Duration: 15 minutes

Why “Working Safely Near Power Lines” Matters:

At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the major causes of power line-related accidents
  • Recognize dangers associated with power lines
  • Recall what Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, regulations say about power line safety
  • Describe preventive measures to stay safe. • Recall what to do in case of an emergency

Key Points:

  • Working near power lines is dangerous and requires extra diligence—Look up and look around before you begin.
  • Know and follow all safety procedures.
  • Wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) your employer has identified as essential for your safety.
  • To be safe, assume power lines are energized.

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