Working on or near power-lines has quite a few risks, especially since most power-line work requires using a ladder, usually extension ladders. We’ve thought about ways to be safer when working on power lines, and this post is what we’ve come up with:
The best way to avoid injury when working near or on power lines is to use a fiberglass ladder. Fiberglass does not conduct electricity, so if the ladder happens to touch the power line, the worker will not get injured.
Remember correct angles
Keep your ladder at the correct angle when leaning it against the power-line. An extension ladder should be at a 75.5 degree angle. Any more or less of an angle could cause the ladder to fall, greatly injuring the operator.
Consider new ladder technology
Don’t be afraid to take advantage of new ladder technology. The Claw from Little Giant is one example of better technology to help operators climb safer since the weight-activated Claw clamps onto the strand, preventing the ladder from falling.
One tip we don’t often talk about is to use common sense. You may be following every guideline, but if something doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to trust your gut and re-inspect everything. When it comes to ladder safety, it is much better to be safe than sorry.