Topic note by Sims Crane:
Electrocution remains the most common cause of heavy equipment operator fatalities in the United States, accounting for more than 1 out of every 4 crane operator fatalities. When working around powerlines, ensure all team members are aware of lock out/tag out procedures and incorporate those policies into a well rounded lift plan. The outdated 10′ rule for powerlines has been revised to account for factors that may cause current to arc in excess of the 10′ space. The link below offers great insight into planning your next lifting operation when powerlines, gas lines and other utilities are involved.
Information on accident statistics and successful lift planning may be found here: