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Lineman safety: 4 tips

On Behalf of | Sep 3, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

A lineman’s job often requires working at great heights, handling electrical equipment and working in all kinds of weather. While safety measures are generally in place, accidents can still happen. Understanding essential safety tips can go a long way in preventing injuries and ensuring a safer work environment for these critical workers.

One of the first lines of defense in lineman safety is using the correct personal protective equipment. This includes insulating gloves, flame-resistant clothing and harnesses designed for high-elevation work. Helmets with face shields can protect against falling objects and electrical burns..

1. Always double-check equipment

Linemen frequently use specialized tools and equipment, including bucket trucks, hand lines and hoists. Regularly inspecting these for wear and tear is crucial. Faulty equipment jeopardizes the task at hand and can lead to severe injuries. Maintenance checks should be a part of the daily routine, and any worn-out equipment should be replaced immediately.

2. Teamwork and communication

Linemen often work in teams, making effective communication essential. Whether through hand signals, radios or another form of communication, everyone must be on the same page. Miscommunication can lead to catastrophic errors, such as electrocution or falls. 

3. Weather considerations

Weather conditions can change rapidly, impacting the safety of linemen. Adjusting work practices for strong winds, rain or extreme temperatures, is often necessary. This might mean postponing a job, using different equipment, or taking more frequent breaks to prevent exhaustion.

4. Stay updated on safety protocols

Safety protocols aren’t static but continually updated based on new research and incident reports. Staying current with the latest guidelines and procedures can make all the difference in a dangerous situation. 

Electric companies must ensure the linemen they employ have proper safety equipment and procedures. Emergency medical care and workers’ compensation benefits are necessary when on-the-job accidents occur.