Transmission Line and High-Voltage Substation Electrical Safety

Transmission Line and High-Voltage Substation Electrical Safety

May 17, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“Great course and well presented” – Representative, POWER Engineers

This course is designed to cover the basic safety considerations relating to performing maintenance work on high voltage transmission systems and substations, including personal safety, electrical safety, and work site safety.

This intensive one-day course will cover safety aspects related to satisfying OSHA Requirements 29 CFR 1910.269 and 1926.950 which covers the operation and maintenance of electric power generation, control, transmission, substations, and equipment. Attendees will be taught:

  • Potential hazards in overhead, underground, substations and switchyard maintenance
  • Processes involved in working on energized lines:
    • Safely isolating, insulating and de-energizing a transmission line to make the line safe to work on and restoring that line to service
  • Principles of equipotential grounding and how it safeguards line workers
  • Proper communication, proper clothing, and protective equipment
  • Best practices in preparing to work on a variety of transmission and substation worksites

Register now to gain a better understanding of the hazards of transmission line maintenance and the precautions necessary to mitigate the risk of injury or death.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the individual’s role in safety and proper communication
  • Demonstrate an understanding of hazards that may be encountered in overhead, underground, and substation and switchyard maintenance work and know how to avoid them
  • Identify and use protective equipment necessary for working near energized lines and equipment
  • Evaluate preparations necessary before performing work on a variety of transmission and components
  • Employ the appropriate tools and equipment to use in performing overhead, underground, substation, and switchyard maintenance
  • Describe the basic steps in making T&D equipment electrically safe to work on, including line de-energization and equipotential grounding
  • Understand fundamental substation awareness information


Wednesday, May 17, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing





  • Styles
  • Basics
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269 & 1926.950

  • Requirements
    • Electrical Safety Work Practices
    • Line Clearance
    • Electric Current
    • Understanding Electrical Hazards
    • Electrical Shock, Arc, and Blast
    • Electrical Equipment 
    • Maintenance of Electrical Equipment
    • Inspection of Test Instruments
    • Working on or Near Energized Lines
  • Job Briefings  
    • Energized Equipment and Circuits
    • Electrical Lockout/Tagout
    • De-energized Equipment
    • Enclosed Spaces
    • Ladders & Platforms
    • Excavations
    • Hand and Power Tools
    • Material Handling and Storage
  • Demonstrated Proficiency

Transmission Safety

  • Minimum Approach Distance (MAD)
  • Induction
  • Fall Protection

Substation Awareness

  • Known Voltages
  • Clearance Issues
  • Grounding

Ground & Bonding

  • Protective Grounding
  • Equipotential
  • Protective Grounding Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Fall Protection
  • Hot Gloves
  • Flame Resistant Clothing

4:30 p.m. :: Course Adjourns


James Duncan, Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) and Construction Health and Safety Professional (CHST)

James has over twenty-five years of safety experience. Through dedication and a keen professional eye, he has not had any serious injury, accident, or fatality on a jobsite nationwide.

James is currently serving as Regional Safety Manager at Kiewit Corporation, where his focus is substation and transmission safety as well as risk control management through enforcement of corporate safety policy and procedure through inspections, audits, and training. Prior to his time at Kiewit, he spent five years as Safety Coordinator at Michels Corporation. James has also served as Solar Energy Safety Manager at Mortenson Construction, where he developed, designed, and coordinated the Mortenson Zero Injury Safety program, implementing various safety-training programs, executing accident investigations, and coordinating OSHA consultation meetings.

James has overseen proper safety protocols to include fall protection, confined space, and hazardous materials, and has conducted nationwide safety inspections for substations, transmission and distribution line construction, and wind turbines. He has Instructed OSHA 10 & 30 Hour (Construction) Certification, NFPA 70E Trainer, OSHA 20 Supervisors Certification, OSHA 10-hour ET&D Certification and CPR/FA Instructor.

James has also managed safety programs for construction initiatives that included civil, structure, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, fabrication, and coating, and he has enforced safety plans for proper clearance of live electrical work while overseeing the construction of substation, distribution, and transmission lines.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event


Transmission Line and High-Voltage Substation Electrical Safety

May 17, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

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Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before April 14, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, video, and Q&A will be used in the program.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 7.5
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Utility Safety Managers and Supervisors
  • EPC Safety Managers and Supervisors
  • Utility Project Managers and Supervisors
  • EPC Project Managers and Supervisors
  • Construction Safety Managers and Supervisors
  • Utility Contractors
  • EHS Supervisors and Consultants
  • Facilities Engineers
  • Transmission Line Workers
  • Substation Electricians
  • Commercial and Industrial Electrician
  • Construction Workers Employed Around High-Voltage Systems

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