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Attaching Signs to Utility Poles Presents Safety Hazards

And it’s illegal

  • By Chris Grammes
  • May 28, 2010

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 your electric cooperative’s line workers who must climb poles when either restoring power following storms or while performing routine maintenance to ensure system reliability.

Posters or other objects (birdhouses, balloons, flags and even basketball nets) can be dangerous obstacles. Also, the nails and tacks left behind from signs can snag utility workers’ boots or puncture safety clothing, putting line workers at risk to slipping or even electrocution.

In addition to being hazardous, tampering with utility poles can be costly. Posting signs or attaching other objects to utility poles is illegal and can carry a fine of up to $500 per day.

Your electric cooperative appreciates your help in keeping utility poles clear and linemen safe.

Chris Grammes writes on safety issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.