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If You Contact an Overhead Power Line
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Whether you operate heavy equipment or use handheld tools, when you work outdoors, you risk injury or death if you contact an overhead power line. Be sure you know what to do if this emergency happens on your job site.
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Stay on the Equipment and Warn Others to Keep Away
Warn others to stay away from the line and anything it is touching. Anyone who touches the line, the equipment, or even the ground nearby may be injured or killed.
If You Must Exit the Equipment
Shuffle away with small steps, keeping your feet close together and on the ground at all times.
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