HB 396: "An Act relating to electrical worker safety."

00HOUSE BILL NO. 396 01 "An Act relating to electrical worker safety." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 18.60 is amended by adding a new section to read: 04  Sec. 18.60.042. ELECTRICAL WORKER SAFETY. (a) When an employee 05 is working on an energized line or conducting object that carries 5,000 or more volts 06 phase to phase or phase to ground, an employer shall 07  (1) require the employee to 08  (A) use only approved live line tools; and 09  (B) maintain a distance of at least two and one-half feet from 10 the energized line or conducting object; the employee shall maintain this 11 distance by using approved live line tools; 12  (2) provide the employee with correctly functioning, approved, live line 13 tools for use on the job; 14  (3) ensure that live line tools are

01  (A) stored, maintained, and used so as to prevent damage to the 02 tools; 03  (B) visually inspected and wiped clean each day before their use 04 and, if defects are discovered, ensure that the tools are removed from service. 05  (b) An employer may not permit live line tools to be used for purposes other 06 than line work. The employer shall ensure that wood live line tools are maintained 07 with a surface coating of varnish or other generally accepted treatment to prevent the 08 absorption of moisture into the wood. The maintenance, inspection, storage, and use 09 of live line tools shall be in conformance with the methods and standards 10 recommended by the manufacturer of the tool.