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Virginia Overhead Line Safety Act


Virginia enacted its Overhead High Voltage Line Safety Act in 1989. Unfortunately, injuries and accidents caused by contact with overhead lines continue. In 2003, the law was revised. The new law prohibits work within 10 feet of an overhead line carrying 600 or more volts. (Previously the prohibition was 6 feet for individuals and 10 feet for covered equipment.) If anyone wants to work within the 10-foot limit, the law requires that mutually acceptable safety arrangements be made between the person performing the work and the utility that owns the line.

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