Damaging underground electrical cables: A health and safety solution

How to eliminate or reduce serious workplace health and safety risks by preventing damage to underground cables when using earthmoving equipment.


What it contains

Employees can be electrocuted or seriously injured when earthmoving equipment touches underground electrical cables. This document outlines how to eliminate or reduce these risks by:

  • contacting Dial Before You Dig at least 2 business days before starting work near underground electrical cables
  • having current site drawings showing the location of cables and services
  • marking the route of cables and using warning signs
  • making sure the earthworks do not weaken the soil and potentially damage cables

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