Overhead Power Lines Toolbox Talk
Learn how to use extreme caution when working around overhead power lines.
Overhead Power Lines Safety Talk
When working construction, there is always going to be the chance that there are going to be powerlines running above you. In fact, more likely than not, there will be some somewhere on the property. Knowing the right regulations and safety precautions to take when working around them is important. It is advised that all employees are trained and educated on the dangers and precautions that should be taken when working around power lines.
Deaths That Occur From Overhead Power Lines
The CPWR has many records and research on different reasonings for electrocution incidents on a job site. It can be a matter of life or death when it comes to being electrocuted, and between the years of 2008 and 2010, there were 255 workers killed due to it. A large number of those electrocution incidents were endured from contact with overhead power lines, 47% of them.
All employees who work in construction, or even other fields, should be educated on the risks that come from electrocution. What causes it and how to prevent it from happening. A lot of times, these types of incidents can happen purely from not being fully informed about situations that can occur.
Published By The CPWR
There are many deaths that occurred from touching machinery or other objects that electrocuted the worker. The objects that were touched were in direct contact with a live power line, unnoticed by the workers. 58.2% of the deaths that are endured from non-electrical workers were from power line contact. 20.8% of power line electrocution deaths were results of full contact with a live powerline.
How To Avoid Electrocution From Overhead Power Lines
When you arrive at a job site, you should always thoroughly inspect all the areas of it. Taking in the areas that pose a risk and should be utilized with extreme caution. The best way to avoid someone getting electrocuted from a power line is to not have any contact with it whatsoever. That is not always going to be prevented though, depending on the job that is being done.
When you are working and you are not able to completely stay clear of power lines, these are some of the precautions that should be taken. All employees should have proper training and education on this topic to ensure the safety of every employee. There are many times that the person doing the task is not the one injured, but the one standing close by.
OSHA Clearance Distances Of Power Lines
Bureau Of Labor Statistics
The reports and records that the Bureau of Labor Statistics have recorded show an astonishing amount of workers that are electrocuted each year due to power lines. Proper education and protocols should be taken to always keep people safe on the job. Never should anyone ignore and try to change their luck when dealing with these types of situations.
Personal Protective Equipment For Electricity
It is far more often that you will find electricians dealing with being electrocuted more than you will a construction worker, but these instances still occur. There are a large number of records that can be shown resulting in many deaths due to electricity. It is important that anyone who is dealing with a situation that has the potential of electrocution, use proper PPE. Some of the items that should be worn are:
All of these PPE items are going to help keep you as safe as possible while on the job. This is not going to eliminate your risk 100%, so you should still use extreme caution when dealing with electricity. Having this protective gear though can definitely lower your risk of death and serious injuries.
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