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​How we can help you work safely

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. Follow the safe work Alberta guidelines and make sure you are familiar with the Alberta safety codes specifically related to overhead power lines and underground cables from the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code.

*If you are working within 5 metres of underground transmission power lines, please contact the EPCOR Transmission group at the phone number indicated on your locate sheet.

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  Online resources

We provide online resources for learning how to work safely around overhead and underground equipment in this section of our website specifically:

There is even a guidebook you can print out.

  On-site consultation

Our Safety Codes Officers can come to your worksite free of charge and provide you with information on what you can do to keep your crew safe around power equipment. If your work requires:

  • Digging within 1 m of a power pole we can have a crew on site holding the pole in place while you complete your work.
  • Digging near underground electrical facilities, we can help with locates and provide guidance about how to safely expose the power lines.
  • Work within 7 m of an overhead power line you and your activities put you  at risk of coming in contact  with energized power equipment. We have many options that can be put into place to reduce the risk of a contact with our equipment (power line isolation, line protection, etc.).

  Power safety awareness sessions

Note: Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, we are offering these sessions virtually to people working within the City of Edmonton.

We offer an awareness session that helps to increase your team's awareness of the hazards involved in working around power equipment. Topics included in the presentation:

  • Properties of electricity, what is touch potential, step potential?
  • Overhead power lines and what they are (e.g. Distribution, transmission, telecommunications, etc.)
  • Underground facilities and what they are (e.g. transformers, ground grids, etc.)
  • Damage prevention (e.g. how to hand expose, EPCOR Assistance, etc.)

Set up a session for your team by calling Power Emergencies at (780) 412-4500 and ask for a referral to a Public Safety Advisor.

  Know the code: Legislative work requirements

Overhead power lines

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code, Part 17 Overhead Power Lines, Safe limit of approach distances (Section 225). (1) An employer must contact the power line operator BEFORE work is done or equipment is operated within 7.0 metres of an energized overhead power line.

Alberta Electrical and Utility Code (AEUC):

  1. Activities near overhead power lines (Section 2-014)
  2. Buildings and objects near overhead equipment or lines (Section 2-014)
  3. Moving equipment or buildings (Section 2-018)

Underground power lines

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code, Part 32 Excavating and Tunneling, in particular:

  1. Disturbing the ground (Section 441)
  2. Locating buried facilities (Section 447)
  3. Exposing buried facilities (Section 448)

Alberta Electrical and Utility Code (AEUC), Excavation work in the vicinity of underground power lines (Section 2-020).

Have quesions or want to set up a
worksite consultation?

Call Power Trouble and ask for a referral to a
Safety Codes Officer.

Ph: (780) 412-4500