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Work safely around electric and/or natural gas lines
Check out our training tips, videos, and case studies. Each of these is designed to help you and your team work safely around electric and/or natural gas lines.
Request to Work Near Energized Facilities
If work is to be performed near overhead lines, the lines need to be de-energized and grounded, or other protective measures provided before work is started. Such precautions are in place to prevent contact with lines and to ensure your safety.
The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC®) is the industry-accepted safety standard for overhead and underground electric utility and communications utility installations.
The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC®) is the industry-accepted safety standard for overhead and underground electric utility and communications utility installations. Adopted by most states and Public Service Commissions, the NESC covers electric supply and communication lines, equipment, and work practices employed by both public and private electric utility installations.
The NESC requires specific distances between utility facilities and other structures, such as houses and pools. These distances vary based on the type of utility and the type of structure being built. It is your responsibility to know and abide by these distances.
If overhead power lines are present on the jobsite, STOP and immediately contact PECO at 800-454-4100 in the planning stage of your project for assistance in meeting the NESC guidelines. PECO will evaluate the site and determine the best course of action.
Why is it important to follow the NESC?Overhead power lines carry a lot of electricity and must be treated with respect whenever people are working around them. Physical contact with power lines can cause serious harm, including severe burns and death.
How can I be sure that I am in compliance with the NESC?If overhead power lines are present on the jobsite, STOP and immediately contact PECO at 800-454-4100 for assistance in meeting the NESC guidelines. PECO will evaluate your jobsite and determine the best course of action.
NO WORK CAN BE STARTED UNTIL PROPER SAFETY MEASURES ARE TAKEN -- IT'S THE LAW.
For your safety and the safety PECO employees and contractors, please respect the cone zone.
PECO employees and contractors regularly work on or around roads and highways. These work zones can be extremely dangerous if motorists are inattentive or do not practice safe driving procedures. For your safety and the safety of PECO employees and contractors, please respect the cone zone.
Watch for signage, cones, barriers and vehicle lights.
Stay alert and minimize distractions.
Obey posted speed limits. If a flagger is present, obey their directions.
Pay attention to the posted signs.
Do not tailgate. The most common work zone accident is rear-end crashes.
Be patient and remain calm.