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The hard cost of power line contacts

If you think power line safety doesn't concern you, think again. In 2021, there were more than 90 power line contacts in Edmonton, that's more than one per week. The hard costs are very real: lost time, damaged equipment, and the cost of power line repairs.
The potential human impacts – injury or death to you or a member of your crew – are unbearable.

The good news: Power line contacts are avoidable

Protecting your livelihood and the lives of your crew is as simple as making one call. EPCOR's safety experts are standing by, ready to provide you with the tips and training you need to ensure every worksite is safe.

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Underground power line safety

Underground power 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


Overhead power line safety

The danger of overhead power lines is that there is no protection on the wire. Electricity is looking for a path to ground, so if you contact an overhead power line - you, or the equipment you're operating, can be its path to ground. Stay 7 m safe.

Read more about limits of approach and working safely


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


Set up a worksite consultation, virtual safety awareness session, or contact us with questions

Call Power Emergencies at (780) 412-4500 and ask for a referral to a Safety Codes Officer or the Public Safety Advisor.