Look up for overhead power lines
High voltage power lines and transformers are unforgiving and lethal. If you work with dump trucks, boom trucks, ladder trucks, bucket trucks, booms, cranes, cherry pickers, augers, excavators, backhoes, scaffolds, ladders or other equipment with a long reach, chances are you could be working dangerously close to overhead or underground power lines.
Look up! Be conscious of your surroundings and take precautions.
Of course you know better than to touch a power line. Operating equipment too close to a power line is risky too. The fact is, you or your equipment can attract electricity without even touching the wire itself. Electricity can arc or "jump" through the insulating space between a wire and a conducting object, like a truck or a ladder. The insulating space is the surrounding air space which insulates the line. The higher the voltage, the more likely it is for an arc to occur.
Keeping a safe distance away saves lives.
Roofing, siding, and eavestrough installation
- Be sure to look up, locate and stay clear of overhead power lines and masts before you work on roofs, eaves troughs, and siding to ensure you have the necessary clearance.
- Caution should be taken while placing or extending ladders, or installing scaffolding alongside a building or structure to avoid contact with power lines.
- Ladders should always be carried horizontally when moving from Point A to Point B.