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4 years ago · by · 0 comments

Forestry Electricity and Tree Care

Electricity is one of the leading causes of death for tree-care workers. Tree branches can sometimes be close to power lines, and when trees are uprooted by powerful storms, there is a chance they can take power lines and transformers down with them. Live power lines can pose serious hazards if not fixed properly. Tree-care workers need to know how to stay safe in such conditions.

Electricity is one of the leading causes of death in the tree-care industry. Workers need to know how to keep themselves and the public safe when electricity poses risks at the worksite

Be Prepared

  • If there is a power line present, never assume that it is safe to touch.
  • Assess the worksite for fall and falling object hazards.
  • Have an emergency plan.
  • Wear properly insulated footwear and other personal protective equipment in case electricity travels through the ground unexpectedly.
  • Consider asking the utility company to de-energize nearby power lines.

Follow Safe Work Practices

  • Maintain a distance of at least 10 feet from overhead lines, and more than 10 feet if the voltage to ground is over 50 kilovolts.
  • Avoid direct and indirect contact with an energized conductor, such as a power line or a tool touching a power line.
  • Stand away from grounding elements, as power can travel through the ground.

Wear the Right Gear

  • Wear proper gloves and shoes for hazards present wherever tree work is being performed.
  • When electrical hazards are present, use rope that provides appropriate insulation and is free of moisture and contaminants.

Be Alert

  • Assume that all power lines are energized at all times.
  • Anticipate when limbs might fall onto power sources.
  • It only takes a moment for a fatality to occur. Always stay alert and be prepared for potential hazards.

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