High Loads

A high load is a load more than 17.4 feet (5.3 meters) high being moved on an Alberta road.

Step One - Plan Your Route and Take Note of Any Power Lines

Failure to observe the minimum clearances between structures and power lines can have serious consequences. You can be held fully liable for any costs/loss/damage resulting for non-compliance. Failure to respect the clearances exposes you to the risk of serious injury or fatality.

Step Two - Verify Height of Your Equipment or Load

Step Three - Obtain Travel Permit

A permit to travel on Alberta roads is required. This permit is available from Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation. Contact them at (800) 662-7138 or at their website.

Step Four - Contact Blue Mountain Power Co-op to Confirm Route and Legislative Requirements

Please contact the office to submit a High load Form. We will then advise you if the load can proceed unescorted, or if it will require an escort that will need route selection, resource allocation, and timing.

Power Line Clearance

Everyone must be aware of the electrical hazards associated with overhead and underground power lines.

Farm equipment is getting larger which makes knowing your clearances even more important. Power systems are designed and constructed using vertical and horizontal clearances that allow for public and worker safety. If you are not sure, stay at least 7 meters away from the power line. Please contact the office for assistance in determining the safe distance to a specific power line.

A safe limit of approach is the minimum safe distance between a person/equipment and a power line that is legislated by The Alberta Electrical Utility Code to protect the public. Electricity always tries to move toward the ground through the easiest path. It can jump or arc to equipment. Observing safe limits will protect you from fire, severe shock, or electrocution. To help prevent a contact include the power system in your purchasing of equipment and the planning of the work to be done:

  • Know what work is to be completed
  • Know the size and type of equipment to be used
  • Know the location of the power system
  • Maintain a safe distance from the power system