The rule refers to the distance extending ten feet in every direction from any power line. It’s the distance you should observe when your working outdoors with equipment or machinery, such as a crane, forklift, backhoe, dumptruck, TV antenna, drilling rig or block loader.
It’s also important to remember that Missouri law requires you to notify the co-op anytime you work near a power line.
So play it safe, and remind your coworkers and neighbors to practice the “ten foot rule” too.
It’s the Law
It’s now the law in Missouri that anyone working within ten feet of a power line must notify the utility first, so that proper safety precautions can be excercised.
With the Overhead Power Line Safety Act, any person who accidentally comes into contact with a power line, and didn’t contact the utility first, will be the negligent party.