Online Safety Community

High Power Line Workers Safety (How To Prevent Injuries and Fatalities!)

A number of line workers fail to return home each year. They say goodbye to their loved ones only to lose their lives working on or near power lines.

At any given time, these workers are exposed to occupational hazards that can either leave them with paralyzing injuries or prove fatal. According to OSHA, some of these hazards include:

  • Working at heights
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Working in restricted places
  • Cutting
  • Welding
  • Burning
  • High voltage contact

To prevent injuries and fatalities, OSHA recommends the following precautions:

Maintain a safe distance

All workers should be trained towork at a safe distance from power lines. According to OSHA regulations, all work equipment should be kept at least 10 feet away from lines that have up to 50kV of electricity running through them. The distance should be higher if the voltage exceeds this amount.

Similarly, workers should maintain a distance of 20 feet from power lines that have 350kV of voltage coursing through them. To determine the exact voltage, you should contact your local electricity provider before commencing operations. In case this rule is violated in any way, operators should be instructed to stay away from the power lines.

Lines and extendable equipment are a dangerous combination

Workers should be trained to note the location of the power lines they are working on or near before starting work. If anything they are holding or using touches those lines, they can get killed or sustain serious injuries.

That’s why they should check if the equipment they have is long enough to reach lines and move it away if it can. A greater distance should be maintained near higher voltage lines like transmission lines. In case workers are near transmitters, they should maintain a safe distance till the transmitter is de-energized.

This is necessary to prevent equipment from getting energized enough to electrocute anyone. As such all equipment should be grounded and all tag lines must be non-conductive to prevent injuries or worse.

To keep workers safe near power lines, visual aids should be provided throughout a work site. These will help them determine the distance they should keep from energized lines. For instance, a clear and visible line of paint on the ground, stanchions or fence posts can be used to warn workers to stay away.

NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace 2017-18

Electricity is a powerful force which can prove deadly in untrained hands. Make sure it is handled with care in the workplace by opting for the NFPA 70E standard for electrical safety for workers course.

Students who sign up for the course will learn the safety standards involved in electrical work and their importance in maintaining safety on a work site. This also includes a review of the relationship between OSHA and NFPA 70E.

 

 

Views: 27

Comment

You need to be a member of Online Safety Community to add comments!

Join Online Safety Community

Take our poll!

Take our poll!

Latest Activity

Russel Stuart posted a blog post

Bullying at the Workplace Has to be Countered Holistically

Bullying at the workplace is a serious issue that can have major consequences for employees and the organization. HR has to nip it in the bud before it spirals out of control.Very quickly, bullying includes all or any of these:Swearing at other employeesHarassingHumiliatingThreateningAbusingInterfering in another colleague’s work,Intimidating, and the like.Bullying at the workplace, like violence, is a fact of life. At differing levels, it is prevalent almost globally. Having said this, it is…See More
3 hours ago
Training Doyens posted events
5 hours ago
Nakul Pratap posted blog posts
6 hours ago
Mark Nilson posted events
8 hours ago

Forum

Workplace health and safety Signs 4 Replies

You cannot ignore the importance of safety signs at your workplace. There is no scope to underestimate the important to health and…Continue

Tags: Prohibition, Workplace, Warning, Signs, Safety

Started by healthandsafetysigns. Last reply by Jen McDade on Monday.

Jewellery policy - breakaway pins

Hello,Hopefully someone has come up against this, my employers have implemented a jewellery policy; its a bit over the top but they are keen on enforcing it.As is the tendency with anything…Continue

Tags: watches, heavy machinery, industry, Jewellery

Started by Brent Sep 10.

Secure Yourself From The Impending Danger 3 Replies

The most important thing in life is one’s protection against the impending dangers of life. While working or even at home we all feel the need to be safe because if we have good and safe life, only…Continue

Tags: coverings, Protective

Started by Enna Henry. Last reply by Jen McDade Sep 7.

How To Get The Safest Personal Protective Equipment? 2 Replies

Worried about the safety issues? Feeling a little concerned about the safety factors? Running a company and the safety problems are bothering you? Feel relaxed and look for the best safety solutions…Continue

Tags: equipment, protection, personal

Started by Enna Henry. Last reply by Jen McDade Aug 31.

Safety Books 1 Reply

Please view this brochure and let me know if you are ok with the condition before we can share full books of safety…Continue

Started by Binh, M.S, Grad.IOSH, MIIRSM. Last reply by Jen McDade Aug 31.

Badge

Loading…

© 2018   Created by Safety Community.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service