Deliver Health and Safety

CEA provides an industry-wide occupational health and safety network dedicated to improving overall safety performance in the electric utility industry.

Strategic priorities and safety initiatives

  • Drive excellence and broaden member perspectives of OHS
  • Collaborate on common solutions of industry-wide issues
  • Leverage the collective to improve OHS performance
  • Provide strategic direction and expertise on health and safety priorities

Leadership in electricity industry safety

CEA, through the work of its OHS committees, develops and distributes safety management information on:

  • Proven proactive safety management systems
  • Best practices and standards
  • Safety incident-related information and lessons learned

OHS program safety initiatives

  • Create CEA OHS Principles of Excellence
  • Identify aspects of human performance that affect safety results
  • Define a Safety Culture for the electricity sector

For Construction Workers: Electrical Safety Video

Scenarios that construction workers may encounter when working near high-voltage electrical equipment:

A rigger is holding onto a suspended load being carried by a crane that strikes an overhead power line. Electrical current flows through the crane’s wire rope and shocks the worker.

After dumping a load of gravel at a construction site, a truck moves forward with its box still raised. The box strikes an overhead power line, exposing the driver to the electric hazard.

A Power Line Technician describes a fatal incident and describes hazards that are present when working on a scaffold platform.

A backhoe operator begins unscheduled work near underground utility cables and is reminded of the importance of locating both overhead and underground electrical power lines before you dig.

When a drill operator drills through a conduit, contacting an underground line, and is exposed to potentially fatal hazards of digging near underground utility lines.

For First Responders: Electrical Safety Video

Scenarios that may involve response from police, fire, and EMS:

A police officer responds to a car accident involving a power line and pole. The officer is fatally injured when he contacts the vehicle that is in contact with an energized power line.

A construction vehicle contacts a power line and the worker receives a severe electric shock. Paramedics arrive and are exposed to the electrical hazard.

Farming equipment contacts a power line and the paramedic demonstrates the lessons learned from scenario 2.

Hazards to watch out for when responding to a call involving electrical utility substations.

Watch out for the hazards of downed power lines, including trees.

Hazards an emergency first responder may face when responding to a scene with an underground power line contact.