Safe Clearance Report

Whether you’re doing major commercial construction work or simple repairs to your home, ask yourself: will I come within six metres of a power line? If so, you need a Safe Clearance Report from Riverport Electric to safely carry out the job.

Customer Responsibilities

Request a Safe Clearance Report

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Job safety plan

The customer must have a Job Safety Plan according to provincial regulations. This Power Services Safe Clearance Request does not constitute a Job Safety Plan.

The customer, its representatives, contractors, or agents (the customer), is responsible for and assumes all risks associated with the following:

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Safe work practice

1. All cable markings are approximate.

2. Hand digging is required within one metre of the cable markings.

3. The customer is responsible to contact Riverport Electric Light Commission if there is digging at sites other than those specified on this Power Services Safe Clearance Report.

4. This Power Services Safe Clearance Report applies to this project only. It is not to be used for future reference as cables may be moved without notice.

5. Riverport Electric Light Commission assumes no responsibility for customer-owned underground cables. Riverport Electric Light Commission will not indicate these on the Power Services Safe Clearance Report. Customer-owned equipment must be located by the customer.

6. Riverport Electric Light Commission is not responsible to locate underground telephone, cable television cables, or gas lines. The telephone, cable, or gas companies should be contacted directly.

7. If there is any doubt or question about the location of Riverport Electric Light Commission cables, contact Riverport Electric Light Commission before digging.

8. Duct banks and manholes are not to be exposed or undermined without specific approval of Riverport Electric Light Commission. Should it become necessary to expose or undermine power facilities, Riverport Electric Light Commission must be contacted to determine required action needed to protect the integrity of these facilities. Costs for the same are the responsibility of the customer.

9. Should it be deemed necessary by Riverport Electric Light Commission, Riverport Electric Light Commission will provide an “on-site” spotter and/or inspector. Costs for the same will be the responsibility of the customer.

10. The customer is responsible for all costs incurred for the restoration of service and repair of power facilities damaged as a result of excavation. Instructions are based on conditions at the time of assessment.

11. Distance from live overhead lines must be:

Voltage Present Safe Distance
0 – 750 volts 1 metre
751 – 7,200 volts 3 metres

Unless stated differently on the front of this Power Services Safe Clearance Report.

12. The customer must have a Job Safety Plan according to provincial regulations. This Power Services Safe Clearance Report does not constitute a Job Safety Plan.

Instructions are based on conditions at the time of assessment.
The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations must be followed.

Safe Clearance Request

Electricity Can be Dangerous

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Staying safe around electricity

Whether you’re doing major commercial construction work or simple repairs to your home, ask yourself: will I come within six metres of a power line? If so, you need a Safe Clearance Report from Riverport Electric to safely carry out the job. Complete your Safe Clearance Request.

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Keep these common misconceptions about powerlines in mind

Downed wires
Always assume that downed or damaged power lines are live, even if they’re not sparking or making any sound.

If you come across a downed or damaged line, follow these steps:
Stay back at least 10 metres (33 feet). That’s about the length of a school bus.
Dial 911 and let them know that a power line has fallen or is damaged.
Keep others in the vicinity at least a bus-length away.

Powerline insulation
Do not assume that power lines are insulated. The insulation can be worn through exposure to weather.

Don’t forget to look down
Some electrical equipment and power lines are underground. RELC does not supply nor maintain underground lines. If you think your project may include underground lines, you will need to determine this via site plans and your electrician.

Don’t put your life on the line
Stay away from our electrical equipment and infrastructure, including power lines and substations. Respect all warning signs. Safety always comes first.

F.A.Q.

Frequent Questions

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What are your office hours?

Riverport Electric Light Commission is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12 pm. After hours payment can be made via our secure dropbox. 

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Is there a hook-up fee?

There is an initial $15 hook-up fee (charged on first invoice).

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How are invoices sent?

Invoices are E-mailed.

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How often do you invoice?

RELC invoices monthly and payments are due 4th of every month.  New invoices are usually printed on the 5th.

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What are your payment methods?

Cash, cheque, and online banking. Please see our billing page for more information.

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Do you charge late fees?

Late charges are applied if payment is not received by the 4th of the month.  If not paid within 30 days, an arrears notice will be sent. If the account remains unpaid for 45 days, the Commission will issue a final notice. Unless the bill is paid within 15 days after the final notice, the Commission may discontinue service.

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Do you charge a deposit?

A $250 – $500 deposit is required for new accounts based on the following criteria:
* Electric heat $500
* Electric heat – with reference letter $300
* Other heating source $250
* Non domestic accounts $500

Upon successful one year billing cycle for homeowners your deposit will be returned.

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Address

3808 Highway 332
Riverport, NS B0J 2W0

Phone

(902) 766-4890

E-mail

relcommission@eastlink.ca