Information for contractors

Contractor safety basics

  • Call 811 or your local one-call center before you dig. When digging, stay at least 18 inches from marked utilities. More information on Call 811 for contractors.
  • Keep vehicles, equipment and people at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.

In an electrical emergency:

  • If your equipment contacts a line, stay on the equipment and call 911.
  • If a co-worker contacts a line, do not touch the injured person. Call 911.
  • If you must get off your equipment, jump and land with both feet — do not touch the vehicle and ground at the same time. Shuffle away from the area.

In a natural gas emergency:

  • Shut off all equipment.
  • Remove ignition source and do NOT use electrical devices that may create a spark.
  • Evacuate the area.
  • Call 911 from a safe distance upwind.

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