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

MIOSHA safety standards require that anyone working near power lines stay at least 10 feet away, including any tools or equipment you are using. Metal ladders, cranes and some other specialized equipment require 20 feet of clearance.

Greater voltages require greater distance.
Consult Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 to verify voltages and contact MIOSHA for specific rules before work begins.

Clearly mark boundaries.
Mark a safety boundary with tape, signs, or barricades to keep workers and equipment the required distance away.

Keep in mind that tools, equipment and materials can shift due to wind or unexpected events.
Maintain the minimum required distance plus a buffer zone.


If you are in doubt about line voltages, clearance requirements, or how to work safely near power lines, contact Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050. If you are unsure what utility the wires belong to, call 811.



Worker marking boundary