You can call it a pact. A promise. A motto. But it’s not just another slogan. When you work near power lines, whether overhead or underground, these three words are your everything.
Keep your equipment 7 metres away from overhead power lines.
Whether you’re in a boom, trackhoe or another piece of equipment, touching or even coming too close to an overhead power line can send electricity flowing to the ground through the equipment, or even through you.
Once you are certain about your own safety, look around and determine no one else is within seven metres of an overhead power line.
When digging, make sure you get a locate to avoid underground power lines.
Before you break ground on any excavation, contact Alberta One-Call at 1-800-242-3447 or visit albertaonecall.com They will coordinate a professional to visit your site and mark all registered underground utilities in your area.
The locater will mark electrical lines with a red flag or red paint. No mechanical excavation is permitted within one metre on both sides of the red locate; you must hand dig within this zone.
Your crew’s safety depends on you.
Every year, there are approximately 800 contacts with power lines in Alberta. That’s more than two per day. Do your part to make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of their shift by following these two simple steps:
- Look for overhead power lines and stay 7 metres safe
- Get a locate before digging near underground lines