The Maryland High Voltage Line Act requires that before anyone begins work that may bring people or equipment within 10 ft of overhead utility lines, they must notify BGE. BGE will make the area safe for the work to be done. HVLA Guidelines apply to both professional and non-professional workers. No one is exempt from compliance.In addition, OSHA requires that when using a crane or derrick, a 20 ft clearance is required to be maintained from all overhead power lines until the voltage of the line is identified. Contact BGE for assistance when using cranes or derricks at 1-877-427-2008.
While it is BGE’s goal to help you work safely around overhead utility lines, BGE is not required to bear any expense for any safety measure required by the High Voltage Line Act.
Failure to comply with HVLA is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.