Damaging underground electrical cables: A health and safety solution

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

Jan 2015

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What it contains

Workers can be electrocuted or seriously injured when earthmoving equipment touches underground electrical cables. This document outlines how to reduce or eliminate 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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