Personal Protective Grounds and Lineman Safety Equipment
The job of a lineman can be hazardous without using the proper safety equipment or taking the right safety precautions. Not only do linemen work with high voltage powerlines and transformers, but they are also usually twenty or more feet in the air while doing it. Linemen must protect themselves using safety equipment like hardhats and dielectric boots and gloves, as well as grounding cables to protect against electric shock.
At Divergent Alliance, we supply linemen in the United States and Chicago, IL area with lineman safety equipment and personal protective grounds to help keep them safe on the job. We are distributors for the top manufacturers of the industry and offer the best in personal protective ground equipment for powerlines and safety equipment including gloves, boots, hard hats, face shields, and more.
Personal Protective Grounds
When working on powerlines, it is extremely important to take every precaution necessary to prevent electric shock. De-energizing the section of powerlines being worked on is a good start, but additional protection is needed in case the lines are accidentally re-energized through human error, malfunction, or contact with adjacent energized lines. Installing personal protective grounds will prevent electric shock by grounding the electrical current should the powerlines become re-energized.
An important rule that linemen should adhere to is that powerlines and equipment should be considered energized until they install personal protective grounds. If you need to acquire grounding equipment, you should consider the following:
- Clamp function and fit: When choosing clamps for the protective grounding, make sure you choose clamps that are the right size and conductor types.
- Capacity: The clamps and cable you use must be able to withstand the maximum potential system fault current magnitude and full-time duration. You should be able to view the rating of the clamps and cables upon purchase.
- Coordinated connectors: Terminal connectors, either pressure-type or threaded-type, should match the cable ferrule type (plain or threaded).
- On-site handling: Consider application clearances and fit when selecting clamps and cables.
You need the following parts to build personal protective grounds for powerlines:
- Clamps: The clamps come in different types, classes, and grades.
- Ferrules: Ferrules protect the connection of the cable to the clamps and they are plain or threaded, and made from copper, tin-plated copper, or aluminum.
- Cable: You must consider the fault current and duration the cables can handle as well as the length you need to reach application distances.
- Support Studs: Support studs may be needed to lift and support the cables coming from the clamps. Support studs typically do not handle fault current.
- Connectors: Connectors can be used to connect the cables from multiple studs and direct them through a single cable.
- Shrink Tubing: This type of tubing is recommended for stress relief.
Once the personal protective grounding equipment is installed, it needs to be tested to ensure it is providing adequate protection. Our professionals at Divergent Alliance provide testing to ensure the safety of your protective grounds. We also supply personal protective equipment (PPW) from top manufacturers like Salisbury.
Lineman Safety Equipment
In addition to using personal protective ground, linemen need to use safety equipment including gloves and boots, hard hats and face shields, insulated tools, and voltmeters and voltage detectors for protection.
Linemen must always wear insulative protective equipment to protect their bodies from electric shock. There is a lot of protective equipment available including ground cables, grounding clusters, gloves and sleeves, dielectric insulated boots, hard hats, and face shields. Boots, gloves, and sleeves are typically made from insulated rubber that protects against electric shock and they come in multiple classes which are determined by the level of protection they provide. Hard hats and face shields are also important pieces of equipment for protecting against falling objects and other debris. We can supply linemen with the protective equipment they need with quality products from Salisbury.
Voltmeters and voltage detectors are also important pieces of safety equipment. These tools can be used to measure the level of voltage in an electrical system so you can take adequate measures to protect yourself. There are many different types of voltmeters and voltage detectors available that have different capabilities. We can supply quality voltmeters and voltage detectors from the HD Electric Company.
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Linemen need to take every possible safety precaution to help protect themselves from electric shock and other injuries. If you need quality personal protective grounding and safety equipment, talk to our professionals at Divergent Alliance. We supply lineman with safety equipment and protective grounding equipment for professionals across the U.S. and Chicago IL area.
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