Call Before You Dig
One of the most potentially hazardous electrical situations in industrial plants and on construction sites is accidental contact with overhead or underground wiring. Protection from contact with overhead wiring is provided best by ISOLATION, or distance. The covering on some overhead lines is weatherproofing; it is not intended to provide insulated protection from contact. This plastic coating may become brittle, making it easy to crack and fall off.
Operators of equipment like backhoes, dump trucks, bucket trucks, concrete pumpers, booms and cranes should be especially conscious of overhead wiring. The hazard of contact is also posed to workers on scaffolding or those handling or moving any type of long tools or equipment, like sections of metal pipe.
Before you begin any work, including construction, within 10 feet of an overhead electrical line carrying more than 600 volts, you should check your state laws, regulations and guidelines, and federal standards.
If you're working around high voltage lines anywhere in the Mississippi Power service territory, please call Mississippi Power at 1-800-532-1502.
If you are digging, call Mississippi One Call by dialing 811.
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