MAN TOUCHES TRAFFIC SIGN, IS ELECTROCUTED

Robert R. Canfield (M), traffic engineer with the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, La., wants his fellow professionals to be aware of an account that took place in Baton Rouge recently, when a young man walked across a median and apparently touched a yellow street sign and was electrocuted. Writes Canfield: "Apparently, the post for the sign cut slightly into a street light cable when it was installed. Only the fact that the cable was tied into a central electric eye and, therefore, not 'hot' during the day kept our crew from being electrocuted. At night, however, the sign and post were energized. The pedestrian apparently casually touched it as he walked past the installation. It turned out that several people in the area had seen smoke coming from the base of the post but had not reported it." "Undoubtedly, this will result in a lawsuit with many ramifications. We have somewhat lived in fear of electrocuting our own people and have cut telephone cable a number of times. Talk now is about using metal detectors to locate underground cable; digging a hole with a shovel first; calling utility people out to locate cable first, etc. We would like to know what others suggest or do concerning this problem." /Article/

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    Institute of Traffic Engineers

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20006
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

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  • Pagination: p. 8
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  • Accession Number: 00134036
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1976 12:00AM