Quick Start Guide Electric Utilities


Overhead Lines

Why Address This Issue? Most injuries involving electric utility facilities result from contact with overhead transmission and distribution lines. “Failure to warn” is invariably alleged when these incidents occur. Educating the public to recognize and avoid overhead electric lines may prevent injuries and reduce a utility’s exposure to these risks. Aggressive public safety education campaigns aimed at expanded audiences may significantly reduce the likelihood of future incidents. The liability associated with even a single claim can far exceed the costs associated with a Public Safety Communications Program. Rather than increasing a company’s costs, an effective program aimed at reducing electrical contact incidents can reduce costs, freeing resources for other critical needs. The following page provides examples of incidents that reinforce the importance of utility Public Safety Communications Programs. Had these workers known of the hazards associated with overhead electric lines and safe practices for avoiding contact, these tragic incidents may have been prevented.


Developing a Public Safety Communications Program

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