Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative utility crews want to remind you to stay safe when you come upon a work zone. Orange cones, flashing signals and other warning signs are placed along roadways to slow traffic when linemen are repairing or replacing electrical lines and poles.
Work done by EIEC linemen often involves electrical lines high above the ground – lines usually carrying high-voltage electricity. Linemen must be fully engaged and alert to do their jobs and avoid injury or death. They need you to take precautions and pay attention when you come upon a utility truck in a work zone.
To help prevent fatalities and injuries, follow these guidelines when you are driving and come upon an electric utility truck and work zone:
1. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment, and workers.
2. Be patient. Traffic delays are sometimes inevitable, so try to allow time for unexpected occurrences in your schedule.
3. Obey all signs and utility crew instructions. Use caution, slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary, for crew members or on-coming traffic.
4. Reduce speed even more during inclement weather. Rain, snow and ice can cause hazardous situations for linemen as they repair and replace electrical lines and poles. Crews are often working under extreme conditions and need your assistance to decrease speed to avoid an accident.
5. Minimize distractions Avoid activities that limit your awareness of your surroundings. Avoid operating a radio or cell phone and limit eating while driving. Focus on the road ahead and be prepared for any potential dangers or hazards.
The next time you are driving on a rural road and come upon a work zone and linemen, follow these five guidelines and keep everyone alive.
Safety comes first at Eastern Illini when it comes to you, our member/owners, and our employees.