Dialogue - Winter 2018

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Working Safely Around Power Lines Dialogue A Publication of the Ontario Electrical League Issue 40-4 • Winter 2018


Submitted By: Hydro One D id you know the three most common power line hazards while at work are dump trucks, construction machinery and ladders? If you work with machinery or equipment with a long reach, chances are that you are working dangerously close to overhead power lines and may not even realize it. Overhead power lines,

Editorial Focus: HEALTH & SAFETY

1 Working Safely Around Power Lines 1 The 2003 Northeast Blackout 3 Message from the Chair 3 Message from the President 5 Certification, Standards and Mark Overview 6 First Aid for Mental Health 8 Overview of Risk-based Oversight 11 WSIB 2019 Premium Rates 11 IHSA Safety Talk 12 Protecting Your Business and Employees from a Fire 14 Five Mistakes That Will Put Your Business Under 16 Top Audit Triggers for Electrical Contractors 18 OEL News 20 OEL Golf Day 21 Members’ News

The clearance for vehicles when working under a power line is the distance between the ground and the power line, minus a safe working distance. In practice, that means three to six metres, depending on the voltage of the overhead power line. One out of every three electrocutions on the job are due to ladders contacting overhead

as well as the surrounding air space which insulates the line, can be hazardous. While it is obvious that you should not touch a power line, operating equipment too close to a power line is risky too, as many power lines on job sites do not have protective insulation. Electricity can jump or “arc” from a power line to you and your equipment if you get too close. The higher the voltage, the more likely it is for an arc to occur. By: Bao Xiong, Ontario Electrical League I t’s been 15 years since Ontario endured the Northeast blackout of 2003, and if there’s anyone who remembers that dark day most – not to mention the days proceeding, it’s the electricians that toiled through it all – the power outage, the uncertainty and a whole lot of confusion. TO ENSURE DELIVERY, MAINTAIN MEMBERSHIP! PUBLICATIONS MAILAGREEMENT No. 40032872

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The 2003 Northeast Blackout

While most families fired up barbecues with thawed burgers and meats, electrical workers across Ontario worked or volunteered to help restore power where they could. Here, we share some interesting stories and insight from a few OEL members who still remember where they were on that August afternoon. Cameron Hann: “Downtown Ottawa. It took about an hour to get out of the building since only one elevator was running on a gen- erator. Of course, the Americans were blaming the Canadians. We were working but had to leave. We were given no instructions and we were kind of taking control of it because we

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