Keep vehicles and loads clear of lines.
Check for power lines before raising any truck bed, using any high-rise equipment, or moving any load. Make sure you know the required safe work distances and encroachment prevention precautions for all power lines at your job site, and determine the maximum safe lift height before you start the job. Work with a dedicated spotter to comply with line clearance requirements.
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. Higher voltages also may require greater distances. Contact MIOSHA for specific requirements.
Take care with ladders and long handheld tools.
Even non-conductive ladders and tools can conduct electricity in some circumstances, so keep them at least 20 feet away from all power lines at all times. Carry ladders, paint rollers, rain gutters, and other long objects level with the ground. When it’s time to use them, raise and lower them carefully to avoid power lines.
Adjust ladders and tools cautiously.
Before adjusting extension ladders, paint rollers, or other long tools, add your own height and make sure the total height will remain the minimum required clearance away from overhead power lines. Keep in mind that ladders can shift due to wind and unexpected events, so maintain the minimum required clearance plus a buffer zone.