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May 24, 2018

How to Work Safely Around Underground Power Lines

Whether you operate an excavator or wield a shovel, understanding how to avoid a dangerous situation before you disturb the ground can help keep you and your crew safe. If you can’t avoid working around underground power lines while on site, here’s how to locate and expose them safely: At least five days before breaking […]

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February 20, 2018

Think a Power Line Contact Can’t Happen to Your Crew? Think Again.

Last year, over 600 companies in Alberta faced the consequences of a power line contact. Here’s what you need to know if your crew works near overhead or underground lines. Power Line Contacts Cost Big Time Power line contacts hit businesses where it really hurts – the bottom line. And the hard costs can add […]

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August 24, 2017

Spreading the Word on Power Line Safety

“It’s one of those things where you can make a difference that goes beyond yourself and perhaps save a few lives.” Part of Cecil’s job as an electrical engineer at EnCana is investigating any time an employee’s or contractor’s equipment or vehicle comes into contact with power lines on EnCana’s properties in Alberta. In just […]

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August 24, 2017

Educating Students on 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.” Keeping safety top of mind and complacency at bay has allowed Lorne Strachan an incident-free career, spanning more than 20 years. As the Associate Chair, Steel Construction and Hoisting at NAIT, and a […]

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November 8, 2016

How to Stay Safe During Construction Season

We’ve all heard it—and we’ve all probably said it—there are only two seasons in Alberta: winter and construction. As construction season begins, so does excavation season. Do what it takes to avoid any incidents on the job, and in particular be cautious when operating equipment around power lines. Touch Potential Electricity will always try to […]

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September 21, 2016

The Importance of a Spotter

There are a lot of things to protect when working—namely the lives of you and your coworkers, environment and property. Blind backing is never a good idea. The importance of a spotter is paramount whether you’re working during the day or night. When it comes to utilities we take the function of a guide one […]

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