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Learn the 7-Metre Rule

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the crew, coming within 7 metres of an overhead power line puts you and others working nearby at risk of serious injury or even death.

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.

Contact Map

Think power line contacts are few and far between? Think again.
See the overhead and underground contacts occurring near you.

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.