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Overhead Electrical Utilities Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of Overhead Electrical Utilities Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Overhead Electrical Utilities certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Overhead Electrical Utilities Training Course?

Our Overhead Electric Utilities training course is regulation aligned, 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:


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Overhead Electrical Utilities Certification Standards

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
  • Canada Standards

  • NFPA 70E – Standard for Electrical Safety in the workplace, National Fire Protection Association
  • NEC Article 110.16 – Arc Flash Hazard Warning/ Article 240.87 Arc Energy Reduction, National Electric Code
  • CSA Z462 – Workplace Electrical Safety
  • Alberta – CSA C22.1-18 Canadian Electrical Code Edition 24
  • B.C. – OHS Guideline Part 19
  • Manitoba – Manitoba Electrical Code 13th Edition
  • Nova Scotia – CEC C22.1, Canadian Electrical Code
  • Saskatchewan – 2018 Saskatchewan Interpretations on Canadian Electrical Code
  • Ontario – Ontario Electrical Safety Code 27th edition
  • Quebec – B-101, r.3 Safety Code Chapter II
  • Newfoundland and Labrador – NLR 120/96

    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 regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Overhead Electrical Utilities Safety 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.

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    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).


    Overhead Electrical Utilities Frequently Asked Questions

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    What does an electrical lineman do?

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    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?

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    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?

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    No matter how long you’ve been on the job, OSHA requires boom truck training, a boom truck written exam, and a practical boom truck evaluation. There is no way around it. This goes for other types of mobile cranes too. The extent of the classroom boom truck training can be adapted by the instructor according to student needs. The written exam proves mental competency and understanding of the safety principles taught. And the practical evaluation proves the boom truck operator not only understands but is capable of operating the machine safely. In the opinion of many, the practical evaluation is of the greatest overall value, but all components are necessary.

    Do linemen get cancer?

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    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?

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    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.

    Do I need to receive rigger signal person training too?

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    Yes. Like mobile crane certification, there is a lot of confusion about rigger signaler certification. Bottom line, you need to receive rigger training and signaler training before handling rigging in any manner. There are organizations that offer federal certification which is portable, meaning if you leave one job for another your rigging card will be accepted. However, these more expensive classes are not required. The responsibility to see everyone receives rigger Signal Person training falls on the shoulders of the employer. They can train their employees in one of three ways: by themselves in-house, using a 3rd party such as ourselves, or by purchasing rigger training materials to do it yourself.

    The boom truck PowerPoint presentation in our boom truck operator training kit on USB and our online boom truck training classes cover rigging, but we also have made our specific rigger signalman training materials available on CD. They come with both a basic rigger class and an intermediate/advanced rigger class. They also have a signaler class.

    My trainee scored 80% on the exam. Did he pass or fail?

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    Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee to operate a boom truck. If you want to pass him at 80%, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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