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​Stay safe while you work

Both employers and their employees and contractors have a role to play in maintaining safe work practices and a safe work environment. It comes down to a culture of safety--from planning the work and assessing the hazards to modeling safe practices at the worksite.

 

 

Report an emergency. Call us 24/7.

If you encounter a downed power line or other dangerous situation involving electricity, call 911 or Power Trouble immediately and tell them the exact location. We'll dispatch an EPCOR trouble truck to turn off the power and ensure the area is safe.
  (780) 412-4500


 



Working near underground cables

Underground cables are a hidden danger. Workers are unable to see if they are getting too close to a cable, unlike the situation with overhead lines. They must rely on locates and safe digging practices to keep them safe.

Read more about
locates and digging safely

 

Working near overhead power lines

Overhead power lines are dangerous. There is no protection on the wire, electricity is looking for a path to ground. If you contact an overhead wire - you, or the equipment you're operating, could be its path to ground.

Read more about staying safe
around overhead power lines

 

Plan to work safely

The Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code outline guidelines that must be followed at worksites. Legislation requires that all work-related hazards be identified. This is done through formal and field-level  hazard assessments.

Read more about safe work planning

Strategies to prevent contact

Investing time in planning safe work strategies, such as spotters,  will save your business time and money. More importantly, it's an investment in the well-being of your employees. Electrical safe work practices and training benefit everyone and help maintain a safe workplace.Learn how to prevent power line
and cable contacts

Scaffolding and power line safety

Scaffolds can reach as high as 76 metres and are made of conductive materials — two factors that put workers at high risk of power line contacts. Get tips for safely
working with scaffolding

 

Operating oversized vehicles and equipment safely

Oversized vehicles and equipment in the construction, transportation, and agriculture sectors are frequently involved in power line and cable strikes. There are several safe work practices, policies, and strategies that can be used on worksites to minimize the chances of an incident.Find safety tips for industries
that work with
oversized vehicles and equipment


Employees: Know your rights

Under Alberta's legislation, employees have the right to a safe and healthy workplace and to protect themselves from unsafe working conditions.
Learn about your rights


Employers: Know your responsibilities

Under Alberta's legislation, employers have a responsibility to protect and promote the health and safety of their workers.Learn about your responsibilities

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How we can help you work safe

If you are working within 7 metres of our overhead power equipment or digging within 1 metre of underground distribution power equipment, please take the time to do it safely. Familiarize yourself with the Alberta safety codes.
Find out how we can help

 


Disclaimer

This webpage provides information regarding safe work practices in relation to EPCOR power facilities. Employers and contractors have responsibilities under the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (Alberta OHS) Act, Code, and Regulation. When there is a conflict between this document and any bylaws, legislation, or regulation, the relevant law prevails. Any reliance placed on this information is strictly at your own risk. EPCOR does not assume any responsibility or liability for any action, loss or damage that arises out of, or is in connection with the information contained in this webpage.