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The Untouchables

Always remember this basic rule: no one should touch a power line or allow an object to come into contact with a power line.

According to state law, Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 752, it is illegal for a person to perform any work or erect any structure under circumstances in which it is possible for a person or any object a person is holding to come within six feet of high-voltage overhead electric lines.

In addition, the operation of cranes, or similar equipment capable of movement during operation, within 10 feet of high-voltage electric lines is a violation of Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requirements as set out in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, part 1910.180(i), part 1910.333, and part 1926.550(a)(15). There are both civil and criminal penalties for violating these laws.

Remember, safety is your responsibility and your employer's. Any training you need is an important responsibility of the company that employs you. If you’re not a trained utility line person, do not climb utility poles.