Assess all potential hazards on the worksite.
Before work begins, assessing the worksite and the equipment required is critical. Determine how close to overhead power lines equipment will be operated and locate all underground utilities on the worksite.
If any equipment has the potential to get closer than 7 metres from overhead power lines or if you'll need to disturb the ground within one metre on either side of a marked underground utility, additional safety precautions are needed.
Take the necessary steps to eliminate hazards and set up control measures.
If safe distances from power lines can't be maintained, your employer is responsible for determining whether work can proceed.
De-energizing the lines can be coordinated with the local utility company, making it safe to proceed with scheduled work. For underground power lines, working around the energized line might still be possible using excavation techniques approved by the underground facility owner.
If overhead power lines can't be de-energized, the utility company can provide you with alternatives.
If you feel unsafe, say something.
While it's ultimately the responsibility of your employer to ensure that the site is safe before work begins, you have the right to voice your concerns and remove yourself from an unsafe worksite.