The Electrical Safety Authority kicks off Ontario's first-ever Powerline
Safety Week with an important life-saving message
MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Look up, look out and locate! The Electrical Safety Authority urges all Ontario residents to remember
this simple phrase as it kicks off the province's first-ever Powerline
Safety Week in partnership with local electrical distribution
companies. Over the past decade, 28 Ontarians have died due to contact
with live powerlines—and, sadly, most of those deaths could have been
"While we've made some progress in reducing overall electrical
fatalities in Ontario, there's still work to be done," says Doug
Crawford, Chief Public Safety Officer with the Electrical Safety
Authority. "We have an obligation to work together to protect our
families, our communities, our co-workers and ourselves."
Consider these statistics:
Seventy-three per cent of known incidents involving electrical contact
occur in the construction sector, where heavy equipment, such as cranes
and dump trucks, can hit powerlines on busy job sites if there are no
Over 60 per cent of the probable causes of job-related electrical
fatalities can be attributed to improper procedure—a number that rises
to 69 per cent when combined with human error;
Fifty-four per cent of non-occupational electrical-related fatalities
happen during recreation and repair and maintenance activities around
the home or in public spaces.
"Our ongoing focus, and the intent of Powerline Safety Week, is to put
electrical safety top of mind with everyone so these kinds of incidents
drop further," says Crawford. "We can't be complacent. We all have an
ongoing role to play."
The Electrical Safety Authority has joined forces with industry partners
and Ontario local electricity distributors on a number of education and
awareness activities during Powerline Safety Week, which runs from May
13 to 19. To keep safe, they urge everyone to remember some basic
powerline safety tips:
Construction sites should always have a signaller or spotter to make
sure heavy equipment, including dump trucks and cranes, are well away
Remove or prepare for hazards before beginning any job by conducting a
hazard assessment of the site;
Manage worksites carefully, with pre-work checklists for workers on
roofs, scaffolding or any other aerial work ;
When using any equipment, not only heavy machinery, but also things like
ladders, be aware of powerlines and stay clear of them;
For more life-saving tips, watch the Electrical Safety Authority's new
video, http://youtu.be/uAwaPmAwPL8 or visit powerlinesafety.ca.
Look out for powerlines when cleaning eavestroughs or pruning trees;
Carry ladders horizontally, never vertically, and check for overhead
powerlines before putting them up;
When digging in your yard or for fence posts or deck supports, call your
local utility company to check for and mark underground cables;
Always stay at least 3 metres (10 feet) away from any overhead
powerline. This includes tools ladders and equipment;
For any questions regarding overhead or underground powerlines contact
your local electrical utility;
For other life-saving tips, visit: www.powerlinesafety.ca.
In your community:
Never play with or around powerlines or other electrical equipment,
including any green metal boxes on lawns or in fields;
If you ever see a downed powerline, stay well back, and call 911
Should a powerline fall on your vehicle, stay inside until help arrives;
never get out;
For more life-saving tips, visit: www.powerlinesafety.ca.
"The Electrical Safety Authority's goal is to eliminate every injury and death in Ontario related to electricity," says Crawford.
"But we cannot do it alone—we need everyone to remember to look up,
look out, and locate—and never take safety for granted."
About the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)
Established in 1999 as a self-sustaining, not-for-profit corporation,
the Electrical Safety Authority's mission is to improve electrical
safety for the well-being of the people of Ontario. The overall vision
of the ESA is to achieve zero electrical accidents, injuries and
fatalities across Ontario. More information on the Electrical Safety
Authority can be found on its website, www.esasafe.com, through Twitter @HomeandSafety and www.facebook.com/electricalsafetyauthority.
SOURCE: Electrical Safety Authority
For further information:
To arrange an interview with Doug Crawford, Chief Public Safety Officer with the Electrical Safety Authority, please Kara Fraser at 905-712-5387.