Quick Start Guide Electric Utilities


Padmounted Equipment

Why Address This Issue? Padmounted transformers, switchgear, and power pedestals may present a hazard to the public if improperly locked, damaged by vandals, or struck by vehicles or equipment. Excavation activities and washouts in the vicinity of this equipment may also compromise safety. Although safety signs or decals warning people to avoid high-voltage padmounted equipment are commonly used, these signs can be removed or defaced by vandals. The public can be educated to recognize and avoid this equipment as well as report possible problems to the local electric utility. “Failure to warn” is invariably alleged when incidents involving padmounted equipment occur. Educating the public to recognize and avoid padmounted electrical equipment can prevent injuries and reduce a utility’s exposure to these risks.


Developing a Public Safety Communications Program

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