What Is Powerline Safety?

In Canada, powerlines can run both underground and overhead. As such, employees in a number of industries may have to work around powerlines and must be prepared to handle their tasks in a safe manner. Otherwise, improper interactions with powerlines can lead to electrocution, respiratory failure, and even cardiac arrest.

Powerline Safety training is designed to prevent such injuries from taking place. The aim is to raise employees’ awareness regarding powerline hazards and to help them avoid accidents and/or property damage by teaching them a series of controls and safety measures to be applied in the workplace.

Who Needs Powerline Safety Training?

All employees who are likely to come in contact with underground and/or overhead powerlines are required to undergo powerline safety training. The course is therefore designed for existing employees and potential job candidates, but can also be purchased in bulk by employers looking to comply with the latest safety regulations.

In addition, workers in some industries are more likely to interact with powerlines as part of their daily activities. These include:

  • Energy & Electricity,
  • Oil & Gas,
  • Seismic,
  • Logistics,
  • Construction,
  • Security.

Newfoundland and Labrador employees must undergo a WorkplaceNL-approved “hands-on” training course. This course has not been submitted to WorkplaceNL for such endorsement.

Who Is Responsible for Powerline Safety Training?

By law, employers must ensure a safe work environment for all employees. If the latter are often tasked with activities that are likely to bring them in the proximity of powerlines, then the former must implement powerline safety training.

The worker’s responsibilities include the completion of the training program, as well as the application of learned safety strategies in the workplace. Furthermore, many job candidates choose to acquire and complete the program themselves in order to improve their chances of being hired.

What Do You Need to Learn?

To complete this training program, you must demonstrate that you are able to broadly describe how electricity travels and works, recognize powerline structures, differentiate between insulators and conductors, as well as identify potential electrical hazards related to powerlines. In addition, you will be asked to present a set of preventative measures you can implement in the workplace for your safety and that of your colleagues.

How Long Is the Certificate Valid?

Employees who frequently interact with powerlines should re-take this course on a yearly basis. Working with or around electricity can have devastating and potentially fatal consequences, which is why it is paramount that you are up to speed with the latest safety protocols and regulations.

What Other Courses Should I Take?

Powerline Safety is often purchased together with courses on Electrical Safety and Awareness, Fire Safety, and Personal Protective Equipment.

For an extensive list of safety courses that are likely to benefit you, please consult our industry-related pages and select your specific job. You will then be presented with a discounted bundle of programs tailored to your line of work.

What Will You Learn?
1
Powerline Safety Course 25:00

Throughout this module you will learn about: Powerline Safety Introduction, Electrical and Non-Electrical Injuries, Responsibilities & The 7 Basic Safety Rules.

2
Travelling under Overhead Powerlines 15:00

Throughout this module you will learn about: Hazard Assessment, Travelling Under Overhead Power Lines, Maximum Safe Load Height and Pre-Job Meeting.

3
Working Around Overhead Powerlines 20:00

Throughout this module you will learn about: Hazards Near Overhead Power Lines, Safe Work Practices, Operating Mobile Equipment, Falling Trees, Aircraft and Blasting Operations.

4
Underground Powerlines 10:00

Throughout this module you will learn about: Introduction to Underground Powerlines, Glossary, Safe Ground Disturbance Activities & Ground Disturbance Work.

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