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Protect Yourself

Whether you’re new on site or a seasoned professional, maintaining a safe work environment should always be your top priority — especially when working near overhead or underground power lines.

I've Made Contact! What Do I Do?

If your vehicle or equipment comes into contact with a power line or transformer, here's how to safely react to minimize the danger to yourself and others.

1. Stay in your vehicle or equipment and warn others to stay back at least 10 metres.

2. If your vehicle or equipment is still running and it’s safe to do so, carefully move it out of contact with the power equipment and at least 10 metres away, then park/shut down.

If your vehicle or equipment is immobilized, remain inside and instruct others to stay back at least 10 metres.

3. Call emergency services (911) and your local utility company for assistance.

If your vehicle or equipment needs to be abandoned (e.g. catches fire), follow these steps for exiting safely.

WARNING: Only attempt if it is no longer safe to remain in your vehicle or equipment.

1. Remove any loose clothing and leave your belongings (e.g. purses, bags, etc.) behind.

2. Open the door and carefully step onto the metal frame of your vehicle or equipment. Prepare to jump by looking for the flattest spot on the ground and crossing your arms across your chest, tucking in your elbows.

The goal is to avoid touching your vehicle or equipment and the ground at the same time as it could bridge a gap for the electricity to flow through you in order to reach the ground.

3. Jump with your feet together and keep them together when you land, crouching slightly to help you keep your balance. This is more important than how far you jump. If your feet are apart, it could create a bridge for electricity to run through you.

4. Slowly shuffle (with both feet on the ground at all times) at least 10 metres away from your vehicle or equipment. If you need to quickly reach safety and the ground is flat and level, hop with both feet together.

5. Call emergency services (911) and your local utility company for assistance.

Dangers and Costs

Power line contacts don't always kill. The consequences of contacting an energized line can be excruciating and have lasting effects that linger long after your burns have healed. Permanent physical impairments, emotional trauma and loss of employment or ability to work are just some of the costs of a power line contact.

Contact Map

Think power line contacts are few and far between? Think again.
Keep track of overhead and underground contacts occurring across Alberta.

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.