Contractor Safety Requirements

Anytime you're working with us, follow our requirements and stay safe.

Effective January 2019, Evergy (previously KCP&L and Westar) established a business relationship with ISN (www.isn.com) to further enhance our contractor management program. ISNetworld is serving Evergy as our primary contractor information management system. Certain "field service" contractors are required to become subscribers to ISNetworld.

The ISN subscription requirements depends on the following three factors:

  1. Field service work activities must be at/on any Evergy work sites or locations. This does not include off-site labor or services.
  2. The nature of work.
  3. The risk and exposure.

Your Evergy business partners will work with you to gain a clear understanding of the nature of your work, exposure and risk in an effort to identify if your company may need to be a subscriber of ISN.

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Drug-free workplace policy

Evergy requires background checks. Supplier agrees to conduct reasonable background checks on each of Supplier’s employees, agents, representatives and contractors (“Supplier Personnel”) that will perform Services on Evergy Inc.'s property, Evergy Inc.'s “rights of way”, the property of Evergy Inc.'s customers, or any aspect of Evergy Inc.'s computer systems. Supplier acknowledges and agrees that only those persons who have successfully passed these background checks will perform such Services.

At a minimum, Supplier will confirm and verify each Supplier Personnel’s social security number, identity, authorization to work and county level criminal record check. Supplier Personnel who will have access to Evergy Inc.'s computer systems or areas critical to the support of the electricity infrastructure will check the preceding items, as well as residence and employment check, drivers license history, drug screening, verification of highest level of education or professional certification and United States government terrorist list check.

Supplier is responsible for all costs related to such background checks and agrees to maintain accurate records pertaining to such background checks for a minimum of five (5) years after termination of this Agreement, unless limited by law.

Transmission and distribution safety

Survey the job site in advance. If any machinery, equipment or work is scheduled within 20 feet of any overhead lines, contact us at least three working days in advance. Violators are subject to state fines of up to $1,000 for each violation and can be presumed negligent. Consider all overhead lines to be energized, un-insulated power lines, no matter how they look. Always assume a downed power line is still energized. Report a downed power line immediately.

Call before you dig

  • Notify all affected utilities at least two working days before you begin any excavation. Once lines are marked, you can dig safely.
  • Call 1-800-DIG-SAFE in Kansas and 1-800-DIG-RITE in Missouri and have this information ready: 
  • Name, address and phone number (for both the company and the excavator) 
  • Date and time the excavation is scheduled to begin 
  • Specific location, type and depth of the excavation 
  • Utilities that could be affected 
  • If underground facilities are damaged, dislocated or disturbed before or during excavation, immediately notify Evergy.

Job site safety

  • Start every job with a complete site tour to locate and anticipate any potential safety problems.
  • Remind your crew about the dangers and laws regarding electrical utilities.
  • Create a hazard zone around power lines and hold regular safety meetings to review guidelines. 
  • Designate someone to keep workers and equipment at least 20 feet from power lines. This includes poles, ladders, antennas and other equipment.
  • Don’t rely on ground rods, warning devices or insulating boom guards to protect booms and cranes from power line contact. 
  • Avoid touching equipment, guide wires or loads near power lines. Be aware of the location of the crane boom and power lines if guiding a load.
  • Keep electrical tools and equipment in good repair, checking cords and extensions for nicks, frays or other signs of wear. Don’t use tools in the rain, if your hands are wet or if you’re on a damp surface.
  • Never take grounded tools into an aerial lift device that could contact an overhead line.

Power line safety

  • Survey the job site in advance. If any machinery, equipment or work is scheduled within 20 feet of any overhead lines, contact us at least three working days in advance. Violators are subject to state fines of up to $1,000 for each violation and can be presumed negligent. 
  • Consider all overhead lines to be energized, uninsulated power lines, no matter how they look. 
  • Always assume a downed power line is still energized. Report a downed power line immediately.