OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 40 Utility Workers – Electrical

Explanation of Rules Referenced from the ECUC, Second Edition

Rule 4-028 Prohibited equipment

Utility workers are trained to recognize electrical hazards and understand the limits of approach concept and the hazards conductive materials present near energized electrical equipment. Prohibiting the listed types of equipment from being used near energized electrical equipment reduces the potential for a contact.

The term “near” in this case means within the limits of approach applicable to that equipment and the worker’s authorization – qualified utility employee, utility employee, utility tree trimmer, utility tree worker. In cases where conductive materials must be moved in areas occupied by energized equipment, the safe limit of approach distances must be respected.