Need to Know: Keep Utility Poles Safe for Linemen
Did you know that signs or other items posted on utility poles can create serious safety hazards for linemen?
Staples, nails and tacks used to hang signs – as well as the signs themselves – pose dangers to linemen, who may need to climb poles when restoring power after storms or while performing routine maintenance to ensure system reliability. Nails on a utility pole, for example, can snag boots of linemen or puncture their safety clothing, thus putting their lives as risk.
Signs and other objects – like birdhouses, flags, basketball goals and more – can also be dangerous obstacles. In addition, people posting items on a utility pole risk exposure to nearby electricity.
We encourage members to help keep our linemen safe by avoiding posting items on utility poles.