Know your limits and keep a safe distance from power lines.

Specific requirements for maintaining clearances and providing worker training are covered under the province's Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OH&S), Newfoundland and Labrador Regulations. Special permits are required when working in close proximity to energized power lines. Operators of equipment that have the capability of contacting overhead or underground power lines must attend an approved “Power Line Hazards” safety course.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro recommends specific clearances from overhead power lines depending on location and voltage level of the power lines. Please contact Hydro at 1.888.737.1296 before you work near power lines to ensure you know the clearance recommended to safely complete your particular job.

Once Hydro receives a call requesting a special permit, a Hydro line supervisor in the area will visit and assess the suitability of the work site. They measure the distance of the power lines to the ground and examine the equipment that will be used to determine if it can be safely deployed.

It is important to allow time for this work site visit to be completed and the necessary permits issued before starting planned work near power lines.

As a general guideline, you should stay 30 metres away from downed power lines, exposed underground cables or equipment operating around power lines.
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