Working with or near power lines can expose workers to electrical hazards, but these dangers can be avoided through safe work practices.

  • Conduct a hazard assessment to identify and address potential safety hazards before work begins.
  • Ask Starkville Utilities to de-energize and ground overhead power lines.
  • Educate workers on safety procedures and requirements.
  • Know the safe working distance for workers and equipment.
  • Use non-conductive wood or fiberglass ladders.
  • Wear personal protective equipment, such as rubber insulating gloves and insulating sleeves, and industrial protective helmets.
Safety habits to live by

Good electrical safety habits can help protect you and your co-workers from injury.

  • Be Alert. Many electrical injuries could be prevented if people were alert to hazards. Stay aware by keeping focused on your job and don't let emotions like anger and frustration get in the way.
  • Check cords and connections. Before you start work, check electric cords for wear. If you're outside or in a wet location, be sure tools and extension cords are suitable for outdoor use and circuits are equipped with GFCIs. Also keep cords free of oil, heat and corrosive chemicals. Never yank, kink or bend cords, and store them loosely coiled in a dry place.
  • Respect power tools. Never carry a tool by its cord. Be sure a tool is switched "off" before plugging or unplugging - this protects you and the next person who uses it. Watch out for energized areas when reaching into equipment. Shields, barriers, insulation, and GFCIs protect you, so don't modify them just to get a job done faster. Learn and follow your company's lockout/tagout procedures. If in doubt, ask a qualified electrical professional for help.
  • Eliminate shock risks. Dirt and dampness increase the risk of shock. Keep your tools, work area and storage space clean and dry. When cleaning electrical equipment, be sure it's unplugged, and follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions.
  • Use safety gear. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is your first line of defense against shock and electrical burns. Keep boots, gloves and other gear in good condition - even a pinhole will let electricity through. Wear non-conductive protection on your head, face, hands and feet. Use insulated tools or handling equipment, such as non-conductive ropes and protective shields.

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