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Electrical Hazards Awareness Briefing Excavation and Trenching Module 5. These tools must be used with care!. A laborer was burned and rendered unconscious when his jackhammer hit a buried 13,200 volt electrical power cable. Serious Injury at DOE Site when 13.2kV Cable Struck.

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Electrical Hazards Awareness BriefingExcavation and TrenchingModule 5

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These tools must be used with care!

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A laborer was burned and rendered unconscious when his jackhammer hit a buried 13,200 volt electrical power cable.

Serious Injury at DOE Site when 13.2kV Cable Struck

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Typical Tasks That Expose Personnel to Underground jackhammer hit a buried 13,200 volt electrical power cable.Power Lines

  • Construction site excavation

  • Jack-hammering

  • Well drilling

  • Landscaping

  • Trenching for piping

  • Fence installation

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Excavation Program Elements jackhammer hit a buried 13,200 volt electrical power cable.

  • Designate a Competent Person to oversee all excavation jobs and train to understand the electrical hazard

  • Use written excavation procedure and excavation permit

  • Require an excavation/trenching checklist to be used in job planning

  • Require non-intrusive surveys of areas and develop an interference map of area

  • Ensure excavation planning requirements flow down to subcontractors

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Electrical Hazard Identification jackhammer hit a buried 13,200 volt electrical power cable.

  • Perform detailed drawing and map review including original site drawings and recent project drawings

  • Understand that drawings and maps, however, may not be up to date or indicate all field routings correctly

  • Perform walk-down of site surrounding the excavation area and look for conduits and raceways that extend underground and could cross into the excavation work zone

  • Discuss excavation area with facility site knowledge

  • Look for new asphalt, manholes not marked on prints or disturbed soil to identify potential for unmarked interferences

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Field Investigation jackhammer hit a buried 13,200 volt electrical power cable.

  • Perform non-intrusive surveys of excavation area using trained and certified utility locators

  • Mark surface with interferences and verify immediately prior to start of excavation

  • Know limitations of non-intrusive equipment

    • GPR has been off target by 3 feet and may not identify some interferences

    • Voltage proximity detectors are shielded by ground wire or conduit

    • Current proximity detectors will not detect if electrical load is turned off

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Identifying Interferences jackhammer hit a buried 13,200 volt electrical power cable.

  • De-energize and lockout known electrical hazards-Don’t let schedule and convenience take precedent.

  • Hand excavate interferences within excavation limits

    • Look for different types of soil in the excavation area or for colored concrete that may indicate presence of underground electrical line

  • Consider use of vacuum excavation technology for uncovering interferences

  • Use caution when hand digging-even shovels and post hole diggers can damage direct burial cables

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Identifying Interferences jackhammer hit a buried 13,200 volt electrical power cable.

  • Use appropriate PPE (voltage rated gloves and footwear) when identifying electrical interferences

    • PPE is important since detection of hidden utilities can not always be guaranteed

  • Use double-insulated electrical tools

  • Use fiberglass-insulated shovels and picks when excavating by hand

  • Use rubber mats as appropriate

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Other Safe Practices jackhammer hit a buried 13,200 volt electrical power cable.

  • Stop work and call a time out if an unidentified obstruction is found during excavation

  • Revise maps and drawings to reflect actual found field conditions before closing excavation permit

  • Consider use of electronic drill stops when drilling in concrete (DOE Electrical Safety Handbook Section 11)

  • Observe all Power Line Right of Ways and notify power company prior to excavation

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Conclusion jackhammer hit a buried 13,200 volt electrical power cable.

  • Remember, you can avoid the pain and suffering that can happen when you contact an underground energized electrical power line

  • Implement and follow the practices in this module

  • Stop work when in doubt

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