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Electrical Work Method Statement for Powerlines

by | reviewed 29/11/2023
This an example of a real-world method statment for safe working with electrical overhead lines. It details safety procedures and protocols for working near or under overhead power lines.
An example method statement for construction work on or near overhead powerlines

Overview of this electical work method statement

  1. Project Information: The project is named "Empire Generating," with LGC as the company responsible. It outlines roles like Principal Contractor, Supervisor, Safety Coordinator, and requires a sign-off at a Toolbox talk.

  2. Plant & Equipment Requirements: Lists necessary equipment, such as warning signs, barricades, and non-conductive tools. It also mentions training requirements like the National Grid Contractor Electrical Awareness Video.

  3. Job Steps and Hazards: The document outlines specific job steps, like working near overhead power lines, and the associated hazards, primarily electric shock or electrocution.

  4. Controls and Safety Measures: It provides comprehensive control measures for each identified hazard. These include ensuring all personnel have completed electrical safety training, maintaining safe working distances based on line voltage, using non-conductive tools and ladders, and procedures for if equipment contacts overhead lines. It emphasizes the importance of considering weather conditions and using spotters when working close to power lines.

  5. Emergency Procedures: Outlines steps to be taken in case of accidental contact with power lines, including not touching the equipment, contacting the utility company immediately, and maintaining a safe distance until the line is de-energized.

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Contents of this method statement

Overhead Electric Safe Work Method Statement

Company Name: LGC
Work Activity/Task: Overhead Electrical Safety
Principal Contractor: Empire Generating
Note: Sign off to be provided at Tool Box talk
Prepared by:
Safety Coordinator:

Plant & Equipment Required

Warning signs, barricades and tools (non-conductive if required)

Training Requirements

(in addition to those listed in project’s written safety plan)
National Grid Contractor Electrical Awareness Video

Job Step: General hazards

Potential Hazard: Electric shock / Electrocution


  • All personnel working around electrical equipment have completed electrical safety training.
  • Assume all electrical equipment and wires are energized until tested.
  • When working with or around electrical equipment or lines use non-conductive tools and ladders.

Job Step: Working Near or Under Overhead Power Lines

Potential Hazard: Electric shock / Electrocution and Arching


  • Maintain safe working distances based upon the voltage of the line for any part of the equipment, including booms, buckets, articulating arms, masts, etc. National Grid requires 10 feet clearance.
  • Movement of powerlines due to weather or other conditions must be taken into account in determine the safe work distance.
  • When equipment parts may be operating close to the safe working distance limit, a spotter must be used to watch and warn operator when approaching the safe working distance.
  • When safe working distance can not be maintained, the utility or owner of the lines must be contacted to de-energize and ground. The utility or owner must install protective non- conducting shielding only if line cannot be de-energized. Never try to de-energize or shield utility lines your self.
  • When moving equipment under or near overhead power lines, equipment parts must be lowered to lowest setting and maintain the safe working distance.
  • On sites where overhead powerlines exist, erect warning signs in areas of site activities to warn people of the existence of the overhead lines.
  • If equipment contacts overhead lines occurs, personal must not touch any part of the equipment.
  • Contact utility company immediately. Keep back safe distance until line has been de-energized.

Job Step: Signage

Potential Hazard: Electrical shock / Electrocution


  • Review work areas daily to determine where safe working distances must be maintained inside temporary workspace limits.
  • Demarcate the work area with signs or tape.
  • Limit only authorized personal in work area.

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Overhead Electric Safe Work Method Statement - Government of New York. In USA.gov. Retrieved November 29, 2023, from https://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Common/ViewDoc.aspx?DocRefId=%7B4A14053B-5043-4CCF-8977-3FA362AB3225%7D