ELECTRICITY SAFETY TIPS
- Electricity always seeks a path to ground. When you become a part of this path you can be injured or killed.
- Good conductors include water, your body, tree branches, poles and ladders.
- Make sure to survey the site for overhead power lines
- Point out the power lines to all of your crews.
- Clearly mark your boundaries to keep people and equipment a safe distance away. The law requires at least 10 feet of clearance for voltages under 115,000
- The higher the voltage the greater the distance.
- If you must work closer, contact the power company for safety arrangements.
- Assume all electric lines are energized.
- Always use a spotter. It is difficult for equipment operators to judge safe distances by themselves.
- Dedicate a person to keep employees and equipment safe.
- Never touch any utility wire and do not touch anyone who is in contact with an electric wire.
If equipment comes in contact with an electric line:
- Move the equipment away from the line if you can do so safely
- Warn others to stay away; anyone on the ground who touches the equipment is in danger of being killed or injured
- Stay on the equipment until an emergency responder indicates it is safe to get off
- Jump clear without touching the ground and equipment at the same time if fire forces you off the equipment.
- Hop away with both legs together.
NATURAL GAS SAFETY TIPS
- Natural gas is colorless and non-toxic.
- Natural gas is odorized to smell like rotten eggs or skunks.
- Natural gas is combustible.
- Natural gas may become explosive when trapped in an enclosed space.
- Some ignition sources are light switches, garage door openers, pagers, cell phones, vehicles and other running equipment.
If you damage a natural gas line:
- Leave the area and warn others
- Remove ignition sources
- Do not shut off, squeeze or clamp the gas line
- Do not bury the broken or damaged line
- Do not return until the area is declared safe
If you’re digging project damages a utility line:
- Stop work immediately.
- Do not attempt to repair the damaged line
- If an injury has occurred, call 911 immediately