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Avoiding Electrocutions

Stay ALive at Height

Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), also known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), are one of the safest ways of doing temporary work at height. Stay safe when near to power lines/conductors.

Electrocutions can be prevented through proper planning, risk assessment and management of work at height, including thorough operator training and familiarization.

Guidance and resources on this subject include:

Don't get MAD, stay away from live lines

A demonstration of the safe and minimum approach distances (MAD) that an AWP should be when working near power lines:

Recommended safe distances

IPAF recommends two specific safe distances through its training programs:

  • 50ft (15m) + fully extended boom from electrical pylon
  • 30ft (9m) + fully extended boom from cables on wooden poles

Note: These safe distances meet and exceed those specified in the US ANSI standards and OSHA requirements.

Power Lines Guidance Leaflet

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