Utility contacts can be costly – and deadly. Implementing the simple steps outlined below can help you and your crew work safely around electric and natural gas utilities.
- Examine the site for overhead lines, especially those that may be blocked from view.
- Mark a safety boundary to keep workers and equipment a safe distance from power lines. Consult Duke Energy or www.osha.gov for specific clearance requirements.
- Use a spotter whose only job is to watch your equipment and make sure you maintain the mandatory clearances.
- Carry long equipment parallel to the ground until you’re ready to use it. Always stay the required distance away from power lines.
Do you know what to do in the event of a utility contact? Look for our next email “If You Make Contact” to find out.
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