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If you are operating digging equipment that contacts a power line, take these steps:

  • Move the equipment away from the line if you can do so safely.
  • Tell others to stay away. Anyone on the ground who touches the equipment may be injured or killed.
  • Stay on the equipment until utility workers signal you off.
  • Have someone call 911 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050 immediately.
  • Never touch fallen power lines or anything they may be in contact with. Always stay at least 25 feet away and call 911 and Consumers Energy.

If fire or other danger forces you off, jump clear, keeping both feet together and without touching the ground and the equipment at the same time. Shuffle away with small steps, keeping your feet close together and on the ground. Or, hop away on two feet, keeping both feet together.

 

Review your emergency plan before work begins, so everyone knows what to do in case of power line contact.

 

If Your Equipment Contacts a Power Line
If Your Equipment Contacts a Power Line