- Prior to beginning job,
examine the worksite to determine if there are any overhead
high-voltage lines at the worksite.
- Always maintain a safe approach
distance (a minimum of
10 feet, the distance is greater for lines over 50KV) from
all energized power lines.
- No materials or equipment
is to be stored, handled, or operated within ten feet of the
overhead high-voltage line unless the following have been done
by the utility company:
overhead high-voltage lines being de-energized.
placement of mechanical barriers being done to separate and
prevent contact between equipment, material, other objects,
or persons and high-voltage lines.
relocation or raising of the high-voltage lines being done.\
precautionary safety measures as recommended by the utility
- If the equipment does contact
an overhead high-voltage line, the equipment operator and other
on-board personnel shall remain on that piece of equipment until
the overhead high-voltage line is de-energized.
fire breaks out from the contact between the equipment and the
overhead high-voltage line, the equipment operator and any other
persons, shall jump off the piece of equipment with both legs
against each other (not spread apart). These individuals shall
then "bunny" jump/hop with both legs against each
other for no less than 25 feet but as far as the individuals
can get away from the overhead high-voltage line.