At FPL, safety is a cornerstone of our commitment to our customers, our employees, and those working in the community. We urge anyone who is working near power lines to work safely to avoid serious injuries, save lives, and prevent property damage.
Coming into contact with a power line can be dangerous – even deadly. That’s why we launched the FPL Safety 6 program more than a decade ago to alert our business customers and their employees to these dangers. The program features six key safety rules to follow when working around power lines. It includes U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations listing minimum safe distances from power lines for workers and equipment.
Besides addressing worker safety, Safety 6 materials help businesses adhere to OSHA regulations, reduce insurance premiums, and control injury-related costs.
Always follow these Safety 6 rules to prevent the most common mistakes near power lines.
This is the most important rule: Work at a safe distance from all power lines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that equipment be kept at least 10 feet away from power lines with voltages up to 50kV. For lines with voltages higher than 50kV, the required distance is even greater (see below). When uncertain of a power line’s voltage, stay 20 feet away for voltages up to 350 kV and 50 feet away for voltages greater than 350kV. Cranes and derricks are required to take additional steps before beginning work (see OSHA Standards 29 CFR 1926.1400 effective Nov. 8, 2010). Call FPL at 1-800-375-4375 or your local electric utility to identify the voltage of power lines before you begin working. If you witness a violation of this rule, stay away from the equipment and warn the operator to move away from the power line.
|FPL Power Line Voltages||OSHA Minimum Approach Distance* (OSHA 1926.1408 Table A)|
|0 to 50kV||10 feet|
|Over 50kV to 200kV||15 feet|
|Over 200kV to 350kV||20 feet|
|Over 350kV to 500kV||25 feet|
|Over 500kV to 750kV||35 feet|
*Minimum distance for travel under power lines must comply with OSHA Rules.
|When operating a piece of equipment that contacts a power line||You should:|
|If you are not in danger from fire or from being struck by a power line||
|If you are in danger and must get off the equipment||
|If a fellow worker is in danger||
Before you begin working, look up and note the location of power lines. You can be seriously hurt or killed if the object you are holding or standing on contacts a power line.
One easy call to 811 starts the process of getting underground utility lines marked for free.
*In accordance with the Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act, Chapter 556, Florida Statutes.
Look up when working around overhead power lines, especially when trees are nearby. Branches can hide power lines from view.
* Charges may apply for temporary removal or relocation of power lines. You may need to coordinate transportation of oversized objects with local authorities.
Always assume that any downed power line is energized, and stay away.
Important contact information
Call 911 for any emergency.
Call 1-800-4 OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) to report contact with power lines, downed power lines or an outage.
Call 811 before you dig.
Call 1-800-375-4375 for identification of power line voltage or help with safe transportation of large boats or other large objects.
To order more copies of this poster and/or the Safety 6 Brochure, call 1-800-375-2434.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration: www.OSHA.gov