No Posting Zone: Power Poles

Most jobs don’t require you to climb 40 feet in the air and conduct business within a few feet of high voltage power lines that carry 7,200 volts of electricity. However, for the linemen at Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, this is just another day in the field.

HOEC urges everyone to keep utility poles free from all personal materials such as balloons, fliers, and metal objects like staples, tacks and nails. This practice creates hazards for the linemen who repair and maintain utility poles and other electrical infrastructure. By respecting utility poles, you can help keep your community powered and linemen safe.

Utility workers use specialized climbing devices to perform regular maintenance and repair damaged power lines at the top of utility poles. Nails, tacks, and other metal objects that are used to attach objects to utility poles can interfere with the safe operation of the climbing boots used by utility workers. Foreign objects that are embedded in utility poles can also snag or damage the protective clothing that keeps line workers safe from electrical shock.

These linemen already work in extremely hazardous conditions, so let’s do our part by taking steps to make their job as safe as possible.

So, the next time you’re hanging up yard sale signs, birthday balloons or fliers, please keep safety in mind and remember to never post on power poles. The safety of our linemen depends on it.

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