Safety Matters


Safety Matters

It is the belief of each contactor that “Safety is First”. Having a commitment to safety will bring you home safely each day. Safety is NOT just a word but a belief statement that is practiced from the top of the organization to the bottom. It is a culture that includes the full application of best practices – shared by all.

If we disregard Safety procedures, we open the door to consequences.

Just how bad could it be?

  • Serious injury to you or members of your crew
  • Damage to the material and equipment
  • Job delays to allow for the investigation & implementation of corrective actions.

WorkSafe BC

WorkSafeBC is a provincial agency dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces across B.C. They partner with workers and employers to save lives and prevent work-related injury, disease, and disability and help employers comply with the  Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act.

The following WorkSafeBC links offer information on regulations and policies in workplace:

Policies for the Workers Compensation Act
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
Occupational Health and Safety Policies
Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines
WCB Standards
Other OHS legislation

The following WorkSafeBC links offer information on electrical regulations and guidelines in workplace:

OHS Regulation, Part 19, Electrical Safety
OHS Guidelines, Part 19, Electrical Safety


This interactive web book uses text and video to explain the dangers of working around and on energized low-voltage equipment and near high-voltage conductors. It is written for supervisors and workers who work around and with electrical equipment and near power lines.

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation


The OHS Regulation mobile app allows you to search and browse the Workers Compensation Act and the OHS Regulation, Policies, Guidelines, and WCB Standards on your mobile device. Because it loads directly onto the device, you can access the information even if there is no cell phone or Internet service available

Download Available for iOS and Android


Plan your work, know your limits, and stay back

If you work around electricity, know the 3 keys of electrical safety:

  1. Look up and down: Plan your work so you can avoid contact with power lines. Make sure you look for power lines overhead and underground.
  2. Keep back – know your limits: If you’re working around power lines, keep a safe distance from the lines. You should be at least 10 metres (33 feet) away from the lines and your equipment should be at least 6 metres (20 feet) away. Use a spotter to make sure you are maintaining this minimum safe distance.
  3. Stay back and call 911: If you come across a fallen power line, an exposed underground power line, or any object comes into contact with a power line, stay back 10 metres (33 feet) and call 911. If your equipment contacts a line, stay calm and still until help arrives.

Download BC Hydro 3 keys of electrical safety poster for your worksite

Stay safe and maintain your compliance with WorkSafeBC Regulation when working near power lines

For work near exposed electrical equipment or conductors, WorkSafeBC Regulation specifies the safe limits of approach that must be maintained by any worker, work, tool, machine, equipment or material. That includes equipment like ladders, power tools, scaffolding, cranes, and machinery.

What’s a safe distance from power lines?

Electricity can flow through objects that are touching power lines and can move across a gap from a line to an object that is close by.

The minimum safe distance to prevent this from happening is called a “limit of approach” and it is determined by:

  • The voltage of the line.
  • The proximity of the worker and equipment.

These distances apply to workers, tools, machines, and equipment. If you will be working near sources of high-voltage electricity, you must follow the limits of approach to stay safe and maintain your compliance with WorkSafeBC Regulation

Over 750 V to 75 kV
Over 75 kV to 250 kV
Over 250 kV to 550 kV
Minimun Distance
Minimun Distance

Learn more visit BC Hydro Electrical-Safety:


Get the safety training you need

 BC Hydro offer two free electrical safety online courses for trades workers to teach you how to work safely around electrical lines and what to do if you or a co-worker makes contact with electricity. The courses are for individuals who may find themselves working near BC Hydro power lines.

 Free Course: Electrical safety awareness training for trades

 By the end of the course you’ll learn:

  • How to spot electrical hazards.
  • How far you’re required to stay back from powerlines (minimum approach distance), and
  • What to do in the event of electrical contact.
  • The information provided in both online and classroom training is the same. The online training can be taken at any time, and at your own pace. The classroom training allows for more of a dialogue and is great for groups.

Online course length: 45 minutes
Computer and audio required

Begin the online Electrical Safety for Trades course (English)

 Free Course: Working with BC Hydro on WorkSafeBC’s 30M33 process

 By the end of this course you’ll learn:

  • The basics of the 30M33 process – what you need to do to stay in compliance with WorkSafeBC Regulation
  • Responsibilities and timelines

Online course Length: 30 minutes
Computer and audio required

Begin the WorkSafeBC’s 30M33 Process training


Web Resources

Powering BC Through Excellence in Training

The Joint Line Apprenticeship Training Association has the managerial oversight for the program to assure Apprentices in the Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program are provided the best training and learning experience within the trade.