Electrical Safety for Trades Workers

Electrical Safety for Trades Workers

Does your workforce ever operate near overhead or underground high voltage electricity? Do your workers know what to do to protect themselves against injury or death in the event of contact with electrical lines or equipment?

BC Hydro sponsors free training sessions for all workplaces in both the private and public sectors.

We encourage everyone to work towards eliminating electrical risks on the job.


Learn the basics of how electricity behaves and how to spot overhead and underground hazards. Find out how to plan your work and carry it out in a safe manner. Discover what to do if your equipment contacts a power line.  Learn how to meet WorkSafeBC requirements for working near high-voltage lines.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of electricity and BC Hydro’s power system
  • Identity the hazards of working around overhead and underground power lines
  • Explain how to plan and conduct your work when working on or near the electrical system
  • Describe what action you need to take if:
          ◦ Your equipment contacts a power line
          ◦ You are working around a downed power line
               ◦ You need to escape from an energized area

This 2 hour presenter-led training includes a PowerPoint presentation and videos. The purpose of this training is to teach trades workers about electricity, how to recognize electrical hazards, and what to do if they, or their colleagues, make contact with electrical infrastructure or need to escape from an energized area.

Custom Sessions can be arranged at your place of work or another training facility.
Typical minimum: 8 participants. Please contact EETG for more information.


Trade workers who work around high-voltage power lines, either overhead or underground, including:

  • Asphalt Paving / Laydown Technicians
  • Boom Truck operators
  • Carpenters
  • Concrete truck operators
  • Construction Formwork Technician
  • Crane operator
  • Drainage contractor
  • Dump truck operator
  • Electricians
  • Excavator operator
  • Jack Hammer operator
  • Painter
  • Pumper truck operator
  • Roofer
  • Specialty heavy equipment training school (not trade colleges)
  • Scaffolders
  • Utility Arborist or Arboriculturist (Urban Forestry)
  • Window-washers
  • Those working in construction, paving, maintenance or demolition

2 hours


* sponsored by BC Hydro


PHONE: 1.877.859.8228
or 1.604.427.4200, PRESS 2

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