Pipeline Safety and You
Contractors, construction workers, fire fighters, police officers, EMTs and other emergency personnel are constantly surrounded by electricity and natural gas while on the job. SCE&G wants to make sure these workers avoid hazards by practicing some basic safety rules while working around overhead powerlines and underground utility lines.
If you make contact with a high voltage line while in your vehicle, or while operating heavy equipment, take the following precautions:
- Stay in your vehicle or on the equipment, if possible, until help arrives.
- Avoid touching the equipment's metal parts and the ground at the same time.
- Only attempt to break the contact by moving the machine, if feasible.
- If it is absolutely necessary to exit the machine, jump as far out as possible and make sure you do not fall back against the machine. Land with both feet together and hop or shuffle your feet a few inches at a time making sure to never break contact with the ground or cause separation between your feet. Don't walk or run. Get as far away as possible.
If you encounter a vehicle that has struck an electrical pole:
- Advise the car's occupants to stay in the car. If the car catches fire, instruct the occupants to jump clear of the vehicle as far out as possible with feet together and hop or shuffle to safety.
- Do not come in contact with either the car or its occupants.
- Do not, under any circumstance, rely on rubber boots, raincoats, rubber gloves or ordinary wire cutters for protection against energized wires or vehicles.
- Call SCE&G immediately at 1-888-333-4465 (toll-free) to report downed power lines.
For your convenience, we’ve provided materials here that you can download to your computer or print.
If you would like to request printed versions of these brochures, or “Look Up and Live” stickers for you and your coworkers, e-mail Thomas Flitter or call 803-217-7855. We’re also happy to answer additional questions, develop presentations and assist with energy-related safety training programs.