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Dump Truck Operators

Dump trucks were the number one cause of overhead powerline contacts in the past five years. Drivers need to take special precautions and operate their vehicles with care and an awareness of their surroundings to ensure their own safety and the safety of others on the site.

An increased number of overhead powerline contacts involving dump trucks are occurring while loading and unloading materials. Here are some important steps all dump truck operators and owners should know. As well, ESA encourages all owners and operators to read and share the Powerline Safety Best Practice for Dump Truck Operators here to help reduce the risk of an overhead powerline contact.

1. Arriving on Site:Do a scan and visually locate all overhead wires. Always have a signaller – they are an extra set of eyes.

2. Getting Set Up: Make sure that all parts of the truck are a minimum of 3 m away at all times from any overhead powerlines. Make sure the signaller is a minimum of 10 m (30 ft) away from your truck.

3. Leaving the Site: After dumping the load, drop your box before moving your truck.

There is also a safety toolkit available for dump truck owners and operators, including a safety infographic, powerline safety stickers and the best practice document. For toolkit orders, email

Dump Trucks & Powerline Safety: Steps to keep everyone on a construction site safe and alive

Powerline Safety Best Practice for Dump Truck Operators