OVERHEAD POWER LINES - DON'T GET ZAPPED!
EMPLOYER KIT
February 3, 2003

The U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region VII Falls and Overhead Power Lines (OHPL) Task Force developed the "Overhead Power Lines - Don't Get Zapped!" program to have an impact on reducing electrocutions involving contact with overhead power lines in the construction industry. August and October 2000 were identified as "Falls and Overhead Power Lines Safety Months" in Region VII. Inspection activity in the construction industry was focused during these months with our efforts concentrated on reducing electrocutions involving contact with overhead power lines.

The Task Force developed several publications which can be used as aids to follow OSHA's standards related to electrocution hazards in the construction industry. These publications are available from your Region VII Area Office.

As part of this initiative, the "Employer/Trainer Information Kit" was developed to raise awareness of hazards in the construction industry and to comply with relevant OSHA standards. The contents of the "Employer/Trainer Information Kit" have been posted on the Internet to allow greater access to the employers and employees in the Region VII construction industry.

This kit provides information on how much accidents may cost your company; statistics and summaries of construction electrocutions due to contact with overhead power lines which have occurred in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska; information on how to get OSHA assistance; summaries of OSHA construction regulations related to electrocution hazards; NIOSH Alert on preventing electrocutions; a chart of OSHA standards most frequently cited in the construction industry as a result of employees exposed to electrocution hazards involving overhead power lines; overhead power line safety tips for the construction industry; overhead power line tips for construction workers (English and Spanish); overhead power lines poster; training guide to preventing electrocutions from overhead power lines in the construction industry (our OHPL CD-ROM in PDF format); Region VII newsletters on this initiative; and Disaster Facts Accident Reports for construction electrocutions due to contact with overhead power lines that occurred in Region VII.

  1. Dear Employer Letter, revised 3/8/02

  2. Safety Pays

  3. How to Develop and Implement an Effective Comprehensive Safety and Health Program

  4. Fatal Electrocutions in the Construction Industry [Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska] Pie Chart, 10/01/95 - 12/31/99 - [PDF 26k]

  5. Overhead Power Line Fatalities by SICs, 10/1/95 - 12/31/99

  6. OSHA Region VII Information Sheet - [PDF 11k]

  7. Shocking!!!, Overhead Power Lines Poster - [PDF 61.4k]

  8. Overhead Power Line Tips for Construction Workers, Pocket-size Card, English Version - [PDF 95k]

  9. Consejos Acerca de Lineas Aéreos de Fueraz Elécrica Para los Trabajadores de Construcción, Pocket-Size Card, Spanish Version, Spanish Translation of Overhead Power Lines Tips for Construction Workers - [PDF 112k]

  10. A Training Guide to Preventing Electrocutions from Overhead Power Lines in the Construction Industry, Developed by the OSHA Region VII Falls and Overhead Power Lines Task Force, Revised 2002 - [PDF 1.81mb]

  11. Controlling Electrical Hazards, OSHA 3075, 2002 (revised) - [PDF 168k]

  12. Scaffolds, Subpart L, 1926.453, Aerial Lifts

  13. Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators, and Conveyors, Subpart N, 1926.550, Cranes and Derricks

  14. Power Transmission and Distribution, Subpart V, 1926.950-.955, contains table of contents for safety and health regulations for construction, scroll down to Subpart V, 1926.950-.955

  15. Preventing Electrocutions of Workers Using Portable Metal Ladders Near Overhead Power Lines, NIOSH Alert: July 1989, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 89-110

  16. Preventing Electrocutions During Work with Scaffolds Near Overhead Power Lines, NIOSH Alert: August 1991, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 91-110

  17. Preventing Electrocutions of Crane Operators and Crew Members Working Near Overhead Power Lines, NIOSH Alert: May 1995, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 95-108

  18. Frequently Violated OSHA Standards Related to Overhead Power Lines in the Construction Industry, January 1, 1995 - February 8, 2000 (Sequential Order by Standard)

  19. Overhead Power Line Safety Tips for the Construction Industry

  20. Fall Protection - It's a Snap!, Vol. 1, Issue 1 - [PDF 13k]

  21. Fall Protection - It's a Snap!, Vol. 1, Issue 2 - [PDF 13k]

  22. Fall Protection - It's a Snap!, Electrocutions - Don't Get Zapped!, Vol. 1, Issue 3 - [PDF 17k]

  23. Fall Protection - It's a Snap!, Electrocutions - Don't Get Zapped!, Vol. 1, Issue 4 - [PDF 19k]

  24. Fall Protection - It's a Snap!, Electrocutions - Don't Get Zapped!, Vol. 1, Issue 5 - [PDF 20k]

  25. Fall Protection - It's a Snap!, Electrocutions - Don't Get Zapped!, Vol. 1, Issue 6 - [PDF 23k]

  26. Fall Protection - It's a Snap!, Electrocutions - Don't Get Zapped!, Vol. 5, Issue 1 - [PDF 304k]

  27. Disaster Facts Accident Reports, No. 15, 18, 26, 29, 32, 35, 45, 56, 58-59, 62, 70-71, 75

    Disasters From Falls #15 - [PDF 421k]

    Disasters From Falls #18 - [PDF 50k]

    Disasters From Falls #26 - [PDF 53k]

    Disasters From Falls #29 - [PDF 54k]

    Disaster Facts #32 - [PDF 30k]

    Disaster Facts #35 - [PDF 160k]

    Disaster Facts #45 - [PDF 30k]

    Disaster Facts #56 - [PDF 16k]

    Disaster Facts #58 - [PDF 13k]

    Disaster Facts #59 - [PDF 31k]

    Disaster Facts #62 - [PDF 22k]

    Disaster Facts #70 - [PDF 12k]

    Disaster Facts #71 - [PDF 12.7k]

    Disaster Facts #75 - [PDF 38.3k]

If additional assistance is needed in reading any linked documents, please contact Peggy Taylor at 816-426-5230, extension 227.