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Energy Transmission and Distribution Workers

Work Environment

Workers who install and repair electric power lines encounter a variety of conditions on the job. They often work outdoors in all kinds of weather. They may have to climb to high places or work in awkward positions, such as stooped over in damp underground tunnels. They may have to lift heavy cables. As they work, they must always be aware of safety issues and follow procedures that minimize the risk of injury. Lines energized with electricity can cause burns or fatal electric shocks. Workers who go into underground tunnels have to use special safety equipment and test for the presence of explosive or poisonous gas in the air. Some workers risk being exposed to hazardous chemicals in solvents and other materials. Other potential risks include being hit by objects falling from overhead at a worksite.

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