Vegetation Management Near Live Powerlines

The Code of Practice for Personnel Electrical Safety for Vegetation Control Work Near Live Power Lines was published in August 1996 in order to protect workers and the public when vegetation control work near live power lines was carried out. 

Objective of the Code

The objective of this Code is to establish the principles applicable to safe vegetation management work near live overhead lines for various classes of persons.
It specifies the minimum standards required for mobile plant, tools and equipment used in vegetation management work near live overhead power lines and provides the basic technical material necessary for service providers to develop work procedures, related training and awareness programs.
The Code provides electrical safety information to be used, in addition to other occupational safety and health requirements, to enable workers to:
  • Assess whether it is safe to carry out pruning, cutting, maintaining or trimming vegetation near power lines
  • Prune, cut, maintain or trim vegetation in a manner that is safe for themselves, other workers and the general public; and
  • Comply with Regulation 316A