Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code: Under the Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code certain responsibilities are assigned to: The owner or prime contractor, the contractor, the employer and the worker.
To ensure that work is carried out in a safe manner. An employer must contact the power line operator before work is done or equipment is operated within 7.0 metres of an energized overhead power line. Did you know that The OH&S Code is based on the Electrical Utility Code?
As a worker, we need to follow all related power line line guidelines safety and regulations whenever we carry out work within the Power Line vicinity or approaches. We must follow proper ground disturbance procedures when excavating in the vicinity of buried power lines. We must watch for overhead power lines before you raises construction equipment.
We must watch for overhead power line before you lift your bucket and before lowering your bucket to avoid contact. Ensure you have a spotter nearby. Do not use cranes or pickers in the vicinity of power lines without consulting with the electrical utility and ensuring proper procedures are followed. In the event of a downed power line stay in your vehicle and advise others to stay back. Contact the local Distribution Company (Electric Utility), or call 911.
Remember that 1 in 5 non-occupational electrocutions are associated with ladders contacting overhead power lines – look up and live!
Cleaning eavestroughs at home can even put you in close proximity to overhead power line – always check to see where overhead power lines connects to your home before you start work. Installing satellite dishes and/or antennas can put you in close proximity to overhead power lines – always check to see where overhead power lines contact your home before you start.
Keep in mind that 6% of non-occupational electrocution are associated with cutting and/or contacting power lines when trimming trees – ensure tree limbs are not contacting power lines.
Alberta Electrical Utility Code: The Alberta Electrical Utility Code contains specific information for people working in the vicinity of power lines or electrical equipment. This codes defines the height that power lines are installed, to ensure the safe movement of equipment, building or objects under
the lines. The code identifies that no excavation work will be done within 1 metre of any underground power line. An employer must contact the power line operator for any fixed load moves under a power line that are greater than 5.3 metres in total height (including the equipment moving it).
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