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Keeping Seasonal Workers Safe on Site

June 14th, 2019

With students on the hunt for summer jobs and employers looking to onboard seasonal workers quickly, making sure that everyone on site is aware of power line safety may not be top of mind — a potentially deadly mistake.

Did you know that over 50% of all incidents involving young workers occur during their first six months on the job? Many seasonal positions in construction, landscaping and house painting are filled by young workers and it’s up to employers to make sure they know the risks of working near overhead and underground power lines and the protocols in place to protect them.

Under Alberta’s legislation, employers have a responsibility to make their crew aware of their rights and responsibilities and of any workplace health and safety issues. That includes making sure that workers have the skills and training to do their jobs safely. There are also special restrictions for young workers that employers need to be aware of. Booking a free on-site safety session can help get workers up to speed on industry-specific power line safety.

Even when thorough training is provided, potentially unsafe situations can still arise. Young and seasonal workers may be less likely to flag hazards on site or refuse to perform a task that could put them in harm’s way. They don’t want to be seen as problematic, burn bridges with their coworkers or risk being reprimanded. Take the time to reinforce their rights as a worker and personally encourage them to report health and safety concerns to keep everyone on the worksite safe.

Between the hard costs and penalties, a power line contact could put you on the hook for thousands of dollars. Forget about lost time and money; don't let a member of your crew pay the ultimate price. Learn more about your responsibilities as an employer and how to book a power line safety session.

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The Joint Utility Safety Team (JUST) is a partnership between the following Alberta electric utilities with contributions from local municipalities, formed to address the frequency of power line contacts across the province.