Overhead Line Safety

  • Assume all overhead lines are energized and potentially dangerous.
  • Keep all personnel and equipment as far away as possible from overhead power lines, including the service drops that run from utility poles to buildings.
    • Personnel, ladders and fully extended aerial equipment must never get closer than 20 feet from lines up to 50,000 volts; higher voltages on large transmission towers require clearances of up to 50 feet.
    • Use a spotter to monitor placement of aerial equipment.
    • Always maintain the maximum possible safety clearance.