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 4-196 Electrical transportation right-of-way

Subrule 4-196(1)

Before entering an electrical system right-of-way to perform work on electrical equipment or lines, a utility employee must first get the authorization of the transportation system operator-in-charge. This ensures that the operator-in-charge is aware of the worker’s presence.

As required elsewhere in the rules, the utility employee must also get the authorization of the utility operator-in-charge before beginning work on the electrical equipment or lines.

Subrule 4-196(2)

Utility employees must be able to communicate with the transportation system operator-in-charge at all time. Portable two-way radios, cellular telephones, or similarly effective means are considered acceptable.

Utility employees working in transportation right-of-ways must wear high visibility vests or similar clothing so that the transportation vehicle operator can see them. This requirement is consistent with subsections 194(2) and 194(3) of the OHS Code.