PG&E Tips of the Trade
If you make overhead contact
811 Know what's below. Call before you dig.

Call 811 or use the online ticket system at at least two working days prior to starting work.

If you suspect a gas leak or if you contact a gas pipeline or electric power line, call 911 immediately then PG&E at:

Review these tips with coworkers at your tailgate or tool box meetings before work begins to help avoid potential hazards when working near overhead utilities.

If your equipment contacts a power line
  • Stay on the equipment until PG&E says it is safe to get off.
  • Warn others to stay away. Anyone on the ground who touches the equipment may be seriously injured.
  • Call 911 immediately and then call PG&E at

Leaving your equipment
If you must exit the vehicle because of imminent risk from fire or other serious safety hazard:

  • Remove loose items of clothing, jewelry, seat belts
    and anything else that could obstruct you.
  • Jump entirely clear of the vehicle and the line, as far
    away as possible.
  • As you jump, keep both feet together and land without touching the ground and equipment at the same time.
  • After you land, do not touch the vehicle or line.
  • Shuffle away with small steps, or hop away on two feet, keeping both feet together at all times.

Would you like to know more?
Additional overhead and digging guidelines, emergency procedures and training tools can all be found at no charge to you on the PG&E
e-SMARTworkers website. Here you can also order free safety materials for contractors or tree workers.

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