Electrical Safety - Outside Plant


Accident report studies, conducted by risk management organizations, indicate that the majority of reportable accidents are the result of veteran employees failing to pay attention or trying to shortcut the fundamental safety practices they learned when they first started their job. With this in mind, the Safety Series is designed to remind employees of the potential risks that may exist during the performance of their jobs. Rather than introducing safety training, the Safety Series provides a reminder of good safety practices, or “refresher” training, aimed at fulfilling OSHA requirements of regular safety meetings for field staff. Beyond the personal benefits of employee participation in safety training, employers can experience a significant reduction in lost work time and worker’s compensation claims due to injuries. In addition, less time is lost completing and filing accident reports, with an added benefit of reduced insurance premiums, leading to significant financial savings.

The Electrical Safety – Outside Plant course reminds employees of the electrical hazards that they could be exposed to while working in the network. In broadband cable networks, the fiber and coaxial cable is typically only inches away from the power company’s electrical lines. Safety codes and construction practices have been developed and adopted to ensure safe coexistence on the poles, in the trenches and at the customer premises. Because the network is exposed to weather, time, vandals and other elements, these protective codes and practices can be compromised, exposing an inattentive employee to life-threatening hazards.

Target Audience:

This course is recommended for both independent cable and MSO technical professionals, including installers and technicians; as wells as maintenance personal.

Recommended Prerequisites:

  • SCTE·ISBE Broadband Distribution Specialist


Course Length:

The recommendation to complete the online will be 2 to 3 hours. Learners will have 3 years of access to the course in an individual purchase and 1 year of access in an enterprise model purchase.


Course Objectives:

  • Identify electrical hazards when working in the outside plant
  • Recognize the importance of electrical safety
  • Differentiate types of lightning strikes
  • Recognize the importance of why the human body is an imperfect conductor
  • Conduct safe practices when working in and around live wires
  • Distinguish ac from dc current hazards
  • Recognize risks of improper grounding and bonding
  •  Adhere to safety practices when working with underground plant
  • Adhere to safety practices when working with electrical equipment and components


Upon Complete:

  • By completing/passing this course, you will attain a certificate of completion

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