Work near energized equipment facilities.
When construction work is performed in an energized substation, authorization shall be obtained from
the designated, authorized person before work is started.
When work is to be done in an energized substation, the following shall be determined:
What facilities are energized, and
What protective equipment and precautions are necessary for the safety of personnel.
Extraordinary caution shall be exercised in the handling of busbars, tower steel, materials, and
equipment in the vicinity of energized facilities. The requirements set forth in 1926.950(c), shall be complied with.
Deenergized equipment or lines. When it is necessary to deenergize equipment or lines for protection of
employees, the requirements of 1926.950(d) shall be complied with.
Barricades and barriers.
Barricades or barriers shall be installed to prevent accidental contact with energized lines or
Where appropriate, signs indicating the hazard shall be posted near the barricade or barrier. These
signs shall comply with 1926.200.
Work on or adjacent to energized control panels shall be performed by designated employees.
Precaution shall be taken to prevent accidental operation of relays or other protective devices due
to jarring, vibration, or improper wiring.
Use of vehicles, gin poles, cranes, and other equipment in restricted or hazardous areas shall at
all times be controlled by designated employees.
All mobile cranes and derricks shall be effectively grounded when being moved or operated in close
proximity to energized lines or equipment, or the equipment shall be considered energized.
Fenders shall not be required for lowboys used for transporting large electrical equipment,
transformers, or breakers.
Storage. The storage requirements of 1926.953(c) shall be complied with.
When a substation fence must be expanded or removed for construction purposes, a temporary fence
affording similar protection when the site is unattended, shall be provided. Adequate interconnection with ground shall be maintained between
temporary fence and permanent fence.
All gates to all unattended substations shall be locked, except when work is in progress.
Excavation for auger, pad and piling type footings for structures and towers shall require the same
precautions as for metal tower construction (see 1926.955(b)(1)).
No employee shall be permitted to enter an unsupported auger-type excavation in unstable material
for any purpose. Necessary clean-out in such cases shall be accomplished without entry.