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​Scaffolding and power line safety

Overhead power line safety procedures ensure scaffolding structures and the employees using them are safe when working near power lines.

Steel scaffolding doesn't have to be in contact with a power line to create risk. Electricity can arc or "jump" from the power line to any conductive object. Ladders and scaffolding consists of metals and other conductive materials. This means there is risk while erecting it and while working on it. Work platforms, ladders, and scaffolding safety procedures should be included in the safe work plan and hazard assessment.

Tips for safely working with scaffolding

Construction scaffolding erectors are trained to assess their intended path for power lines before moving the structure and if power lines are in the area and to maintain a safe distance of at least 7 metres. If that is not possible, call us at (780) 412-4500 and ask for a working in proximity to power lines worksite consult before proceeding.

Here are some tips for all workers on the site:

  • Locate all power lines before any work begins and contact EPCOR at (780) 412-4500 if you'll be required to work within 7 metres of overhead power lines.
  • Label scaffolds with inspection tags to alert workers of any electrical hazards in the area.
  • Remove flammable materials from the immediate work area.
  • Ensure you know what to do if you make contact with a power line.

Learn more about Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code AR 87/2009, Part 23 Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms.


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.
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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.