Examine the Site
Look out for power lines:
Search carefully for overhead power lines, poles, and guy wires. Conditions
can easily change, so check the site frequently.
Look for lines that may be blocked from view by trees or buildings. If you
suspect hidden power lines, talk to the utility company, inspectors, and
experienced colleagues about your concerns.
To learn the location of underground utilities, call the local one-call
utility locator service.
Alert others about lines at your pre-job briefing.
Make sure everyone at the job site knows about nearby overhead and
underground utilities and where they are located. Whether they are operating
heavy equipment, using hand-held tools, or climbing ladders, all workers on
site must be aware of power lines.
Assume all lines are energized and potentially dangerous.
This includes overhead and underground lines, and the service drops that run
from utility poles to buildings.
Before any work begins, make time to examine the work site carefully for
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