(a)The employer shall ensure that a close inspection is made by the employee and by the foreman or supervisor in charge before climbing, entering or working around any tree, to determine whether an electrical power conductor passes through the tree, or passes within reaching distance of an employee working in the tree. If any of these conditions exist either directly or indirectly, an electrical hazard shall be considered to exist unless the system operator/owner has caused the hazard to be removed by deenergizing the lines, or installing protective equipment;
(2)Unqualified persons. When an unqualified person is working near overhead lines, the location shall be such that the person and the longest conductive object he or she may contact cannot come closer to any unguarded, energized overhead line than the following distances:
(a)For voltages to ground 50kV or below — 10 ft. (305 cm);
(b)For voltages to ground over 50kV — 10 ft. (305 cm) plus 4 in. (10 cm) for every 10kV over 50kV.
(3)Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices. The employer shall assure that 29 CFR 1910.331 through 1910.335, Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices, in Division 2/S, are complied with for all electrical hazards, EXCEPT as provided for in 29 CFR 1910.331(c).
(4)Notification to Power Company. The power company shall be notified when working within ten (10) feet of a power line or when a tree may fall within ten (10) feet of a power line.
Rule 437-002-0306 — Electrical Hazards,