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Dump truck drivers are reminded about the dangers of powerlines


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May 16, 2017 by Toronto Hydro Corporation

TORONTO – On May 16, Toronto Hydro joined GFL Excavating and the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) at an event to remind dump truck drivers about the dangers of hitting overhead powerlines.

“Dump truck drivers are at an increased risk of hitting powerlines due to the nature of their work. By targeting this group, we’re hoping to keep them — and the public — safe,” said Tori Gass, spokesperson for Toronto Hydro.

Dump trucks are the number one cause of powerline contact in the construction industry and the biggest risk happens when unloading. Given the height of the bucket, if the job site is close to powerlines, the metal can make contact and become a direct conductor of electricity. Trucks that have their boxes raised can also take down wires and — in some instances — hydro poles.

“Many people underestimate the massive amount of power running through the wires that power our homes and communities. Even getting too close to a powerline can kill you or cause serious injury. Electricity rarely gives second chances,” said  Scott Saint, chief public safety 0fficer, Electrical Safety Authority.

Safety experts from Toronto Hydro and the ESA helped to hand out safety stickers to drivers as they left the work site. Drivers were asked to commit to working safely around powerlines.

Areas like Toronto can pose an increased risk, as there are a large amount of wires in a congested area. And Toronto is currently a hot spot for dump trucks due to the large amount of excavation happening as a result of unprecedented growth in the city.

“Safety is not a part time job. We are all responsible to make the right choices every day at work and at home,” concluded Deborah Fraser, national health and safety director, GFL Environmental Inc.

QUICK FACTS

  • There are more than 15,000 kilometres of overhead wires in Toronto
  • GFL Excavating is one of the largest excavating company operating in Toronto

SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

 


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