Contractor Safety

When you’re working near power lines underground or in the air, follow these safety tips.

Power Line Safety

  • Survey the job site in advance. If any machinery, equipment or work is scheduled within 20 feet of any overhead lines, call 1-888-471-5275 at least three working days in advance. Violators are subject to state fines of up to $1,000 for each violation and can be presumed negligent. 
  • Consider all overhead lines to be energized, uninsulated power lines, no matter how they look. 
  • Always assume a downed power line is still energized. Report a downed power line at 1-888-LIGHT-KC.

Call Before You Dig

  • Notify all affected utilities at least two working days before you begin any excavation. Once lines are marked, you can dig safely.
  • Call 1-800-DIG-SAFE in Kansas and 1-800-DIG-RITE in Missouri and have this information ready: 
  • Name, address and phone number (for both the company and the excavator) 
  • Date and time the excavation is scheduled to begin 
  • Specific location, type and depth of the excavation 
  • Utilities that could be affected 
  • If underground facilities are damaged, dislocated or disturbed before or during excavation, immediately notify KCP&L at 1-888-LIGHT-KC.

Safety on the Job Site

  • Start every job with a complete site tour to locate and anticipate any potential safety problems.
  • Remind your crew about the dangers and laws regarding electrical utilities.
  • Create a hazard zone around power lines and hold regular safety meetings to review guidelines. 
  • Designate someone to keep workers and equipment at least 20 feet from power lines. This includes poles, ladders, antennas and other equipment.
  • Don’t rely on ground rods, warning devices or insulating boom guards to protect booms and cranes from power line contact. 
  • Avoid touching equipment, guide wires or loads near power lines. Be aware of the location of the crane boom and power lines if guiding a load.
  • Keep electrical tools and equipment in good repair, checking cords and extensions for nicks, frays or other signs of wear. Don’t use tools in the rain, if your hands are wet or if you’re on a damp surface.
  • Never take grounded tools into an aerial lift device that could contact an overhead line.
For contractors doing business with KCP&L, please review these corporate, generation and transmission/distribution contractor safety requirements.