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If You Hit a Power Line

If there is no immediate danger, take these steps:

  • Move the equipment away from the line if you can do so safely.
  • Have someone call 911 and the electric company right away.
  • Stay on the equipment until rescue workers say it is safe to get off.
  • Warn others away. When equipment hits a line, workers standing on the ground are in the greatest danger.

If you MUST get off the equipment due to fire or other danger, jump clear.

Land far enough away from the equipment that you don't touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together and shuffle away, keeping your feet together and on the ground.

If your equipment touches a power line, wait on the equipment until rescue workers arrive. If you must get off, jump clear without touching the equipment and the ground at the same time, and shuffle away.



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