Electrical Safety Around Overhead Lines

Working in the electrical industry, safety is of the utmost importance for your clients and yourself.  When you are on a job site, you want to reduce injuries associated with overhead power lines in a safe and practical way.  Here are some tips to get you started.

There are several hazards when working near overhead lines.  Because overhead power lines at your site are especially hazardous when carrying extremely high voltage, it is important to wear the proper gear and take special precautious measures. Fatal electrocution is the main risk when starting a project near overhead lines, but there are several other risk factors.  If preventative measures are not taken in the proper fashion, burns and falls from elevation are also hazards.  Working in the electrical industry provides you with several advantages, but the risks are great.  Before you begin any assignment, ensure your safety and the safety of your clients.  Using tools and equipment that can contact power lines increases the risk of burns, falls, and fatal electrocution.

Because overhead lines have electricity flowing through them, the standard operating procedures should entail proper use of equipment.  When using machinery, equipment, and tools, you should make sure that you have studied the dangers and safety precautions before beginning a project.  Prominent in the electrical industry, safety standards are put in place to protect you from hazardous situations.  This includes dangerous equipment around power lines.  Anyone in any trade can be affected by the hazards of overhead lines.  These are some of the things that have contacted power lines and caused an accident: aluminum paint rollers, backhoes, concrete pumpers, cranes, long-handled cement finishing floats, metal building materials, metal ladders, raised dump truck beds, and scaffolds.  All of these materials and tools should be avoided while working.

In addition to dangerous equipment, there are other rules and regulations you should abide by.  Avoid and be aware of your surroundings.  Look for overhead power lines and buried power line indicators. Post warning signs.  Stay at least 10 feet (30 feet if possible) away from overhead power lines.  Unless you know otherwise, assume that overhead lines are energized.  Use non-conductive wood or fiberglass ladders when working near power lines.  Use a spotter when using a forklift or crane for moving material.  While some of these regulations are straightforward, it is essential that you abide by each and every one of safety precautions.  Working in the electrical industry put in greater danger for liability.  Protect yourself and your clients by following safety rules.

Overhead power lines are not insulated and can carry tens of thousands of volts, making them extremely dangerous to employees who work in their vicinity.  While most overhead power lines are protected from pedestrians, when working in such close proximity, you are at great risk for experiencing danger.  Wisely take safe precautions while on the job and remember to never approach a downed power line.

When standards are in place, working in the electrical industry is a safe and rewarding career.

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