OSHA Cranes & Derricks Rule

Recommended Safety Practices for All Workers Call 811 before digging

Whether you operate heavy equipment or use handheld tools, when you work outdoors you work around power lines. Use these tips to stay safe:

  • Be aware of power lines at your job site.

  • Call your underground utility locator service or 811 well in advance of digging or moving earth in any way.

  • Stay at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines carrying up to 50 kV.

  • Cranes and derricks: Keep equipment at least 20 feet away if line voltage is unknown.

  • Use a dedicated spotter when operating heavy equipment.

  • Do not try to guide a load and be a spotter at the same time.

  • Know what to do if your equipment contacts a power line.

To report emergency situations, call 911 and the local electric utility immediately.


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