Electric Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution Industry - Transmission & Distribution

Two workers next to the top of a power pole wearing gloves, helmets & glasses
Always wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE.)

Hazard Prevention:

Electrocution, severe burns, outdoor heat exposure, falls from heights, engulfment/cave-ins, and suffocation are hazards workers face when:

  • Erecting poles
  • Climbing and working on poles
  • Stringing of lines
  • Working in manholes, vaults, and hand holes/confined spaces
  • Working in trenches installing or performing maintenance on underground electrical lines.

This can result in hospitalization for injuries, permanent partial disability and in some case death.

Employers can reduce injury risk to the employees by taking preventive measures such as:

  • Addressing all hazards in an effective accident prevention program
  • Provide training to workers
  • Conduct a hazard assessment for the use PPE
  • Conduct a job hazard analysis
  • Hold onsite job safety meetings
  • Implement a fall protection work plan for the job site
  • Provide and require the use of fall protection

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