The majority of incidents involving overhead power lines occur while equipment is being operated or transported. Even if the equipment doesn't make direct contact, electricity can arc or "jump" from the power line to any conductive object.
Remember these steps for working safely on site:
1. Plan Your Route
Before operating any equipment, evaluate the surrounding area for potential hazards and plan a route that keeps the highest point of your equipment at least 7 metres away from overhead lines.
2. Don’t Forget Your Spotter
Alberta law requires you to have a spotter on the ground to assist in identifying hazards and safe limits of approach when operating equipment. Learn more about working with a spotter.
3. Contact Your Local Utility
If you have to work within 7 metres of an overhead line, always contact your local utility before any work begins to de-energize the lines and secure the site.