OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 227 Utility worker and tree trimmer exemption

This section recognizes that section 225 does not apply to electric utility workers, qualified electric utility workers or electric utility tree trimmers to whom other distances apply. The Electrical and Communication Utility Code (ECUC) defines these workers as follows:

“electric utility worker” means

(a) a worker trained to recognize hazards associated with energized electrical equipment or lines and trained and experienced to work safely near energized electrical equipment or lines in accordance with the requirements of [the Electrical and Communication Utility Code] while performing duties assigned by an employer; and

(b) a worker trained and experienced to work safely on energized electrical equipment or lines operating at voltages below 750 V between conductors in accordance with the requirements of [the Electrical and Communication Utility Code] while performing duties assigned by an employer.

“electric utility tree trimmer” means a worker certified by the Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta, or other acceptable agency, to remove trees or portions of trees near power lines or other electrical equipment including aerial trimming in accordance with the requirements of [the Electrical and Communication Utility Code].

“qualified electric utility worker” means a power line or station electric utility worker trained and experienced to work safely on energized electrical equipment or lines in accordance with the requirements of [the Electrical and Communication Utility Code] while performing duties assigned by the employer.

These workers are specially trained and qualified to perform work near energized overhead power lines. These workers must comply with different safe limit of approach distances specified in the Electrical and Communication Utility Code.