Make no mistake, proper planning and coordination of work around power lines is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Your pre-job planning should cover the following areas:
- What will you do if something goes wrong?
- What kind of equipment will be used?
- Are the workers certified in Power Line Safety Awareness Training?
- Do you need to contact the utility owner?
- Have they been briefed on the job hazard?
- Where will the equipment be placed on the job site?
- What is the height and reach of the equipment?
- Will the equipment need to be moved during the course of the job?
- Is the hazard with overhead or underground power lines?
You must always stay 7 metres from all power lines. If you need to work closer than 7 meters, you must follow a specific client’s requirement/Overhead Power Line Encroachment Practice. Don’t guess at distances. If you are going to work anywhere near a power line, contact the utility and get the support and attention you need! For more information please referred to Safe Limits of Approach in the Pipeworx safety manual.
The height of your load will determine the action you take for fixed load moves under power lines. The height of your load will depend on different jurisdictions. On a public roads, you must secure a high load permit from Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation. If you are unsure if you will be
moving a high load on a public road or a private road owned and maintained by an oil and gas company then you must contacted the utility owner.
Proactively involving the utility owner in the work we do around power lines will ensure work is completed safely and in a timely and efficient manner. The electrical utility can also assist in setting safe limits of approached and in developing a safe work plan. If you are not sure who the utility owner is in your area, call Alberta One Call (1-800-242-3447, or *3447 cellular). Look up and live!
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