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Repair and Maintenance of Overhead Power Lines

By Kevin David Subscribe to RSS | December 16th 2011 | Views:

Repair and maintenance of overhead power lines need some precautions, as this task is dangerous to perform. Contacting with overhead power lines can electrocute you instantly. Professionals need proper training as well as safety equipments, like safety tools and insulated protective clothing while working on them.

Only qualified and professional electrical workers can perform this task, as they have to work on the energized conductors or equipments that are connected to the energized high-voltage systems. A qualified and professional electrical worker is a person who has at least two years of experience.

Overhead power lines are connected to the utility poles and towers. They are also located underground in vaults and trenches. During installation, electrical workers use construction equipments, like augers, diggers, trenchers, and cranes, etc. Workers need proper training on the construction equipments that they use. Proper inspection and maintenance is needed to make sure that these power lines run properly, and electrical workers also need to check various safety features, like emergency lighting, backbone horns etc.

Before going to repair the overhead power lines, electrical professionals need to understand the dangers of engulfment and trenching that can be there. They need to monitor the environment for the hazards if they are working in the vaults. For this, they should arrange the backup team and safety equipments that are needed to make sure the safe exit. They have to use proper lockout procedures.

It is recommended for the electrical workers to get training in safety and rescue procedures and fall protection equipments if they are going to work from the heights on towers or power poles. In training, they get to learn how to hoist the materials safely. Also, get to learn about the operation of bucket trucks, which access elevated job tasks safely.

While installing these overhead power lines, hand and power tools are needed along with cleaners and chemical epoxies to maintain the network equipments, like transformers, switches, circuit breakers, and fuses etc. Qualified electrical workers know how to use and maintain the safety tools.

Overhead power line work needs year-round especially in remote areas. It becomes more difficult to repair and restore power lines during natural disasters or bad weather. Sometimes, they need to work with backup employees as well. It is needed to examine the site and expected return time. For safety reasons, they should wear light layers, which can protect them from various hazardous elements. It is also recommended to use reflective gears to get clear vision along roadways.

These are some of the recommendations that the electrical workers should follow while repairing and maintaining overhead power lines.

Kevin David - About Author:
Kevin David writes about electrical contractor and electrical workers. He has written various tips and information about efficient and safe electrical services in Sydney.

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