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Ensure you're diggi​ng safely

Know where underground utilities are before digging for posts, planting ​​​trees, or excavating in your yard, and learn how to dig safely near buried lines.​

How to ​dig safely​​


Call before yo​u dig

If you plan to do any digging or any other action that disturbs the ground, remember: Before you dig, you must have all buried utilities located.

Arrange to have utility lines located​​​


Natural gas electrical bonding

Placing grounding or bonding attachments to EPCOR natural gas meters or other components of t​he gas system is unsafe as well as ineffective for electrical grounding – and it has important legal implications.​

Unsaf​​e electrical grounding​​​​​​

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Staying safe u​nder the sun

High temperatures can bring risks when it comes to staying hydrated and safe in the hot sun.​​

Working safe in the sun

​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.

Locates and
digging safely

Working near overhead power lines

Overhead power li​​nes 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.

Staying safe around
overhead power lines

Building structures and power equipment clearances

When developing structures, like new homes or buildings, it’s important to factor nearby electrical equipment into your planning. Failure to do so can pose significant safety risks or costly relocations.

Building near
electrical equipment

Stay saf​e while you work

Everyone on a worksite has a role to play in maintaining safe work practices and a safe work environment. A culture of safety starts with employees knowing their rights and employers knowing their responsibilities, from planning the work and assessing the hazards to modelling safe practices at the worksite. 
​Learn more about utility safety​​​​

What to do in an emergency

If you find yourself in a dangerous situation involving electricity, what you do next could mean the difference between life and death. Learn how to stay safe while working near overhead power lines and around electricity, and know the steps you need to take if you do come into contact with a power line or other electrical infrastructure.
Learn more about electricity emergency measures

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Disposal of concrete, asphalt and cement-based products

Waste from these materials have a high potential of entering
the stormwater drainage system through catchbasins which
lead directly to local creeks, stormwater management facilities
and the North Saskatchewan River. 

Protect Edmonton's Environment​​

Working in close proximity to electrical equipment

Working in Close Proximity to Electrical Equipment is a guide for employers and contractors who work around EPCOR's electrical facilities and equipment. The guide covers safety measures for approaching and working around electrical equipment.

Find out more about working in​
​ close proximity to electrical equipment

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, we have tools to help your team do it safely.​
Find out how we can help​​



This webpage provides information only. 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.