With the majority of power line incidents occurring in the oil and gas and construction industries, operators of large equipment (e.g. track hoes, back hoes, gravel/dump trucks) need to know how to protect themselves and their co-workers from coming in contact with overhead and underground power lines when operating and — and how to respond in an emergency.
Before you move a high load vehicle, including farm equipment, make safety your priority. Plan your route, know the clearances and regulations and contact all utilities in the area in advance of your planned move.
If your daily routine includes a safety check, you can’t afford to get lost in the repetition, not even for a moment. That’s what Alberta’s Joint Utility Safety Team (JUST) is reminding workers in their new TV ad.
“I worry this might be the time I find someone I know dead or seriously injured after hitting a line.” – John Dorn, ATCO Power Line Technician Team Lead
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) heightens the risk of underground power line contact incidents among the construction, civil engineering and oil and gas industries.
In 2010, there were approximately 820 power line incidents in Alberta compared to 843 in 2009. While this is an encouraging downward trend, the severity of incidents actually increased…
With the arrival of spring comes the softening of the ground, and a renewal of digging, trenching and excavating activity.
“Even one fatality or serious injury from a power line incident is unacceptable.” – Claudette Fedoruk
A utility provider was undertaking a major project that involved upgrading the voltage of existing power lines in a rural area from 250Kv to 500Kv…
Heightened Risk – Scaffolding and Power Line Safety
“If you’re not conscious of what you’re doing on the jobsite, it’s only a matter of time before you become a statistic” – Lorne Strachan
Alberta’s struggle with workplace safety is a continual and growing concern. In 2009, there were 110 fatalities in addition to 26,000 on-the-job injuries…
“WHERE’S THE LINE?” recently launched a “monster” TV spot that shows how quickly power lines can become deadly – no matter how invincible you think you are.
Power line safety is an increasingly important consideration in Alberta’s deadline-driven, highly-competitive oil and gas industry.
“Everything felt like it was on fire – it’s like sticking your arms and legs in a firepit.” – Safety Champion Rick Svecla
“It’s one of those things where you can make a difference that goes beyond yourself and perhaps save a few lives.” – Cecil Gordon
Trenchless technology is a rapidly growing sector of the construction and civil engineering industries. Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is one such technology being used more frequently for installing infrastructure…
Power lines can pose a threat to oil and gas Operators whether they’re onsite or driving to and from the job. Onsite, high-load moves, operating front-end loaders and hoisting operations like using cranes to lift pipes, valves and other materials, may lead to power line contacts.