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Look Up and Live

If you touch a power line with your body, your equipment or your tools, you or someone you work with could die.

Avoid contact with overhead power lines

Everyone who works near power lines is at risk. Whether you operate heavy equipment or use ladders and hand-held tools, it's up to you to work safely to protect yourself, your crew and the public.

Search for overhead power lines 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.

Alert others about lines

Before any work begins, make time to examine the work site carefully for overhead utilities. 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 that all lines are energized and potentially dangerous

This includes overhead and underground lines and the service drops that run from utility poles to buildings. To learn the location of underground utilities, call the local one-call utility notification service.

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