OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 17 Overhead Power Lines

Section 225 Safe limit of approach distances

(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

(a) to determine the voltage of the power line, and

(b) to establish the appropriate safe limit of approach distance listed in Schedule 4.

(1.1) Except as provided for in subsection (2), an employer must ensure that the safe limit of approach distance, as established in subsection (1), is maintained and that no work is done and no equipment is operated at distances less than the established safe limit of approach distance.

(2) An employer must notify the operator of an energized overhead power line before work is done or equipment is operated in the vicinity of the power line at distances less than the safe limit of approach distances listed in Schedule 4 and obtain the operator’s assistance in protecting workers involved.

(3) An employer must ensure that earth or other materials are not placed under or beside an overhead power line if doing so reduces the safe clearance to less than the safe limit of approach distances listed in Schedule 4.

(4) A worker must follow the direction of the employer in maintaining the appropriate safe clearance when working in the vicinity of an overhead power line.