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If You Make Overhead Contact
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Review these safety tips from PPL Electric Utilities with coworkers at your tailgate or toolbox meetings before work begins to help avoid potential hazards when working near overhead and underground power lines. Please share these safety tips with your family and friends as well.
What Happens When…?
You've followed all mandatory safety guidelines but, despite your best efforts, your equipment still contacts an overhead power line. What do you do now?
•  Immediately try to move the equipment clear, but only if you can do so safely.
•  Tell others to stay away and not to approach or touch the equipment.
•  Have someone immediately call 911 and PPL Electric Utilities at 1-800-342-5775 (1-800-DIAL-PPL).
•  Stay on the equipment until utility workers say it is safe to get off.
Jump as far away as possible
Leaving Your Equipment
If you must leave your equipment due to fire or other danger:
•  Jump as far away as possible so you don't touch the equipment and the ground at the same time.
•  Land with your feet together.
•  Shuffle away with small movements, keeping your feet close together and on the ground at all times.
•  Once you're clear of your equipment, don't return for any reason until you are advised by electric utility workers that the area is safe.
Would You Like to Know More?
Additional overhead and digging guidelines, case studies, instructional videos and FREE training materials can all be found on the PPL Electric Utilities’ e-SMARTworkers website.
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For Emergencies:
Call 911 and PPL Electric Utilities at 1-800-342-5775 (1-800-DIAL-PPL)