dump trucks

Dump Truck Operators


Dump trucks have been the number one cause of overhead powerline contacts in the past five years. Many contacts occurred while loading and unloading material.

To ensure safety for you and others on the site, you need to operate your vehicle with care and be aware of your surroundings.

To help reduce the risk of an overhead powerline contact, read the Powerline Safety Best Practice for Dump Truck Operators, and follow these 3 steps:

  1. Arriving on a Site: Visually locate all overhead wires. Always have a signaller to provide an extra pair of eyes. 
  2. Getting Set Up:  Make sure that all parts of the truck are a minimum of 3 metres away at all times from any overhead powerlines. Make sure the signaller is a minimum of 10 metres (30 ft) away from your truck. 
  3. Leaving the Site:  After dumping the load, drop your box before moving your truck. 

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Download Safety Information:

Free Safety Materials

ESA offers a safety toolkit for dump truck owners and operators. This includes powerline safety posters, stickers, and best practices for operating dump trucks. 

Support the safety of dump truck operators working in Ontario: Fill out this online form to receive printed safety materials or downloadable files at no charge.

Please note quantities are limited and available on a first come first served basis.


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