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Overhead Electrical Utilities Training & Certification

Whether you want Overhead Electrical Utilities certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the Overhead Electrical Utilities training you want in the way you want it and at a price, you can afford.

We offer three different types of safety training for Overhead Electrical Utilities?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's an OSHA compliant Overhead Electrical Utilities training PowerPoint presentation to train a group of people at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer we offer a train the trainer course.

Online Training

Overhead Electrical Utilities training online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign courses to their employees. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Train the Trainer

The Overhead Electrical Utilities train the trainer course is meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost. Results in a lifetime certification. More Info


Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for Overhead Electrical Utilities hands-on training at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Overhead Electrical Utilities Training Course?

Our Overhead Electric Utilities training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements.
During this training, we will be taking a look at proper grounding procedures; equipment you may work with or around when working on overhead electrical utilities, including cranes and bucket trucks; best practices for working safely on site; pole-top and tower-top rescue; and we will present some case studies that will help illustrate the topics in the training.
NOTE: This training is not intended as a competent climber/rescuer training.
This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • 29 CFR 1910.268 – Telecommunications

  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart R – Special Industries

  • 29 CFR 1910.269 - Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart V – Electric Power Transmission and Distribution

  • 29 CFR 1926.964 – Overhead Lines and Live-line Barehand Work

  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart V App D – Methods of Inspecting and Testing Wood Poles

  • 29 CFR 1926.957 – Live-line Tools

Overhead Electrical Utilities Train the Trainer Certification

The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

Overhead Electrical Utilities Competent Person Training

OSHA defines a “competent person” as someone who “is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in [their] surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees.” A competent person has the authorization to take “prompt corrective measures” to minimize or eliminate hazards. They have enough training and/or experience to be “capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation and has the authority to correct them.”

Some standards do have additional, specific requirements that must be met in order for an employee to be considered a competent person. Our Competent Person option fulfills these specific requirements.

Why do I need Overhead Electrical Utilities training?

In line with regulations, anyone who operates on or near overhead electrical power lines must receive training prior to working on their own.
When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment.
A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

  • Did You Know?

  • Utility line work is one of the top-10 most dangerous jobs in America.

  • Utility line works have more than twice the fatality rate of police officers and firemen. (Source: T & D World)


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Overhead Electrical Utilities Frequently Asked Questions

What does an electrical lineman do?

Linemen work on electrically energized (live) and de-energized (dead) power lines. They may perform several tasks associated with power lines, including installation or replacement of distribution equipment such as capacitor banks, distribution transformers on poles, insulators, and fuses.

What are the hazards of being a lineman?

There are a number of hazards associated with working on electrical utility lines. These are the most common:

  • Electrocution
  • Falls
  • Fires and explosions
  • Sprains, strains, and fractures
  • Environmental stress

What is the death rate for linemen?

On average, the fatality rate for power line workers is 56.3 deaths per 100,000 workers. To put that in context, the fatality rate for construction workers is 13 per 100,000 workers.

Do linemen get cancer?

There is little evidence to show that living or working near power lines increases the risk of cancer.

What is the minimum safe distance from energized overhead power lines?

At least 10 feet. OHSA requires that all equipment be kept at least 10 feet away from power lines with voltages up to 50kV. The higher the voltage, the greater the required distance.

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