How to Safely Work Around High Voltage Lines Most People Don’t Know About

Working around high voltage lines and equipment requires proper training and safety precautions. As someone who has worked in the utility industry for over 10 years, I want to share some important safety tips that most people are unaware of when it comes to working near high voltage.

Understanding High Voltage Dangers

High voltage electricity poses significant dangers that you need to respect. Here are some key things to know:

Electricity Can Arc and Flash Unexpectedly

Electricity Can Jump Gaps

Electricity Can Flow Through Your Body

High Voltages Are Often Unguarded

Proper Planning and Precautions

Working safely around high voltage requires planning ahead and taking precautions.

Assume All Lines Are Live

Maintain Safe Distances

Use Proper PPE

Isolate and Ground Lines

Eliminate Distractions

If an Accident Occurs:

Do Not Approach or Touch the Victim

Use Nonconductive Tools to Separate the Victim

Perform CPR if Needed

Seek Medical Help

Working around high voltage lines and equipment is inherently hazardous. Proper training, planning, protective equipment, and constant vigilance are essential to doing the job safely. Don't become complacent around electricity. Respect the dangers high voltage poses and take the necessary precautions.