Model Policy for Working Safely Near Overhead Power Lines

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: May 14th, 2013
Topics: Electricity |

PROBLEM:

Risk of contact with overhead power lines is a major safety risk on construction and other work sites. The OSHA Electrical, Selection and Use of Safe Work Practices Standard, 1910.333(c), sets out requirements for working on or near exposed energized parts—whether by direct contact or via tools or materials—for general industry.

HOW TOOL HELPS SOLVE THE PROBLEM:

Here’s a Model Policy and Procedure policy for working near overhead electrical systems based on OSHA Standards developed by a leading oil company for field locations including well work, earthwork, excavation, subsurface exploration, aerial lift and crane work, survey, and other operations that could expose workers or equipment to potential contact to overhead electrical systems. You’ll need to adapt it to fit your own operations.