Special to Valley Community Newspapers
They’re all over town – utility poles plastered with signs and notices for yard sales, political campaigns and lost animals. But the signs and handbills posted on utility poles are more than an eyesore. They’re also a serious hazard for utility workers who climb the poles.
Nails, staples, tacks, and screws used to post signs can cause serious injury to utility workers who climb the wooden utility power poles every day. This is a particular problem during election season.
When the signs fall off or are removed, the fasteners often remain in the pole, causing utility workers to get cut or injured. Nails and staples can obstruct climbing gear, causing workers to slip or fall as they climb. And even the tiniest puncture in a line worker’s rubber gloves can expose them to severe shock from power lines.
When advertising for a political candidate, lost pet, garage sale or other event, avoid posting signs on power poles.