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Utility Poles Are Not Bulletin Boards

Although seemingly innocent enough, putting signs or other items on utility poles creates serious safety hazards. Staples, nails and tacks used to hang signs—as well as the signs themselves—pose dangers to line crews who must climb poles.

The line crews of Consumers Energy climb utility poles at all hours of the day and night, in the worst of conditions. Anything attached to utility poles can create serious hazards. Sharp objects like nails, tacks, staples or barbed wire can puncture rubber gloves and other safety equipment, making line workers vulnerable to electrocution.

Line workers have reported poles used as community bulletin boards, satellite mounts, and even support legs for deer stands, lights, and carports. Not only do these attachments put line crews at risk, anyone illegally placing these items on poles comes dangerously close to energized power lines with thousands of volts of energy pulsing overhead. It’s always wise to keep any structure at least 10 feet away from utility poles. 

Consumers Energy takes the safety of our members and employees very seriously with the safety of our line crews being of the utmost concern. If you have questions regarding postings on utility poles or other safety issues, contact us at 1-800-696-6552. 

September 2016

 

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