Contractor Safety and Electricity

There are many safety hazards confronting contractors and construction workers who must work in the vicinity of overhead or underground electric lines, utility poles, guy wires, service drops and other power-related equipment. These hazards can be avoided by applying some basic safety principles and using common sense.

  • Visit our site for materials, training tools and videos.

Reduce the risk of injury due to electric shock by following these safety tips:

  • Be observant for power lines and related equipment.
  • Use a spotter when heavy equipment is being used.
  • Be sure a clear boundary has been established around power lines before work begins.
  • "Call Before You Dig" for all underground work.
  • Also see our sections on cranes and ladders.
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