Occupational Health and Safety Code

The Occupational Health and Safety Code provides specific technical health and safety rules and requirements for Alberta workplaces.

Alberta Regulation 191/2021

Part 17 Overhead Power Lines

Contents

 

Safe limit of approach distances

 

225(1)

An employer must contact the power line operator before work is done or equipment is operated within 7 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.

225(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.

225(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.

225(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.

225(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.

 

Transported loads, equipment and buildings

 

226

The safe limit of approach distances listed in Schedule 4 do not apply to a load, equipment or building that is transported under energized overhead power lines if the total height, including equipment transporting it, is less than 4.15 metres.

 

Utility worker and tree trimmer exemption

 

227

Section 225 does not apply to utility workers, qualified utility workers or utility tree trimmers working in accordance with the requirements of the Alberta Electrical and Communication Utility Code (2002).