Overhead Electrical Utilities Training & Certification
Whether you want Overhead Electrical Utilities certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the Overhead Electrical Utilities training you want in the way you want it and at a price, you can afford.
We offer three different types of safety training for Overhead Electrical Utilities?
What’s in the Overhead Electrical Utilities Training Course?
Our Overhead Electric Utilities training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements.
During this training, we will be taking a look at proper grounding procedures; equipment you may work with or around when working on overhead electrical utilities, including cranes and bucket trucks; best practices for working safely on site; pole-top and tower-top rescue; and we will present some case studies that will help illustrate the topics in the training.
NOTE: This training is not intended as a competent climber/rescuer training.
This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by CSA.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:
- Encompasses these Canada Standards
NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the workplace, National Fire Protection Association
NEC Article 110.16, Arc Flash Hazard Warning/ Article 240.87 Arc Energy Reduction, National Electric Code
CSA Z462, Workplace Electrical Safety
Alberta – CSA C22.1-18 Canadian Electrical Code Edition 24
B.C., OHS Guideline Part 19
Manitoba –Manitoba Electrical Code 13th Edition
29 CFR 1926.957 – Live-line Tools
Nova Scotia – CEC C22.1, Canadian Electrical Code
Saskatchewan – 2018 Saskatchewan Interpretations on Canadian Electrical Code
Ontario – Ontario Electrical Safety Code 27th edition
Quebec – B-101, r.3 Safety Code Chapter II
Newfoundland and Labrador- NLR 120/96
Overhead Electrical Utilities Train the Trainer Certification
The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an CSA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.
Overhead Electrical Utilities Competent Person Training
CSA defines a “competent person” as someone who “is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in [their] surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees.” A competent person has the authorization to take “prompt corrective measures” to minimize or eliminate hazards. They have enough training and/or experience to be “capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation and has the authority to correct them.”
Some standards do have additional, specific requirements that must be met in order for an employee to be considered a competent person. Our Competent Person option fulfills these specific requirements.
Why do I need Overhead Electrical Utilities training?
In line with regulations, anyone who operates on or near overhead electrical power lines must receive training prior to working on their own.
When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment.
A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.
Did You Know?
Utility line work is one of the top-10 most dangerous jobs in America.
Utility line works have more than twice the fatality rate of police officers and firemen. (Source: T & D World)
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Overhead Electrical Utilities Frequently Asked Questions
What does an electrical lineman do?
Linemen work on electrically energized (live) and de-energized (dead) power lines. They may perform several tasks associated with power lines, including installation or replacement of distribution equipment such as capacitor banks, distribution transformers on poles, insulators, and fuses.
What are the hazards of being a lineman?
There are a number of hazards associated with working on electrical utility lines. These are the most common:
- Fires and explosions
- Sprains, strains, and fractures
- Environmental stress
What is the death rate for linemen?
On average, the fatality rate for power line workers is 56.3 deaths per 100,000 workers. To put that in context, the fatality rate for construction workers is 13 per 100,000 workers.
Do linemen get cancer?
There is little evidence to show that living or working near power lines increases the risk of cancer.
What is the minimum safe distance from energized overhead power lines?
At least 10 feet. OHSA requires that all equipment be kept at least 10 feet away from power lines with voltages up to 50kV. The higher the voltage, the greater the required distance.