Look Up And Live

Contact with an overhead power line could cost you your life.
If you touch a power line with your body, your equipment or your tools, you or someone you work with could die. Everyone who works near power lines is at risk. Whether you operate heavy equipment or use ladders and hand-held tools, it's up to you to work safely to protect yourself, your crew and the public.
  • Search carefully for overhead power lines, poles and guy wires. Conditions can easily change so check the site frequently.
  • Look for lines that may be blocked from view by trees or buildings. If you suspect hidden power lines, talk to the utility company, inspectors and experienced colleagues about your concerns.
Alert others about lines at your pre-job briefing.
Before any work begins, make time to examine the work site carefully for overhead utilities. Make sure everyone at the job site knows about nearby overhead and underground utilities and where they are located. Whether they are operating heavy equipment, using hand-held tools or climbing ladders, all workers on-site must be aware of power lines.

Assume all lines are energized and potentially dangerous.
This includes overhead and underground lines and the service drops that run from utility poles to buildings. To learn the location of underground utilities, call the local one-call utility notification service.

In Iowa, call 800-292-8989; in Illinois, 800-892-0123; in South Dakota, 800-781-7474; in Nebraska, 800-331-5666. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Call your one-call utility notification service well ahead of digging, so underground utilities can be marked and you can work safely. To learn more about protecting yourself and your co-workers, visit the Home and Work Safety section of MidAmerican Energy's website.