- Conduct a thorough worksite inspection for possible hazards before starting the work. Check in all directions. Objects and trees can hide power lines.
- Check for signs of buried utilities, such as pad-mounted transformers, pedestals or warning signs.
- Assume all power lines are energized, not insulated and dangerous!
- Call 811 to locate underground facilities at least two working days before the work is to begin.
- All workers must be trained in the safety laws mandated by federal, state and local governments.
- Conduct a daily, on-site tailgate safety session with all workers.
- Identify all overhead lines and facilities and all underground facilities and make sure all workers are aware of their location.
- Use proper equipment to accomplish the job safely.
- Maintain a minimum of 20 feet radial clearance from overhead electrical lines at all times.
- Use a trained, designated spotter.
- Use barricades.
- If tag lines are used, they must be non-conductive.
- Use insulating boom guards, proximity alarms or other safety devices.
- If excavating, hand dig to assure location of underground facilities.
- For more information, please click here for a safety advisory card.
- To order a free Public Contractor Safety Kit with additional information and safety tips, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. While supplies last.
Cranes & Derricks
Visit the OSHA website to help you implement OSHA’s rule on Cranes & Derricks in Construction.