EXPOSED LIVE WIRES AT THE BASE OF LIGHT POLES CREATE DANGEROUS SITUATION

The hand hole on street light poles is an opening at knee height that allows electrical workers to hook-up the wires from underground to the wires that power the light above. Open hand holes and broken hand hole covers at the bottom of street light poles expose the public to dangerous live wires. A limited study was conducted to determine the extent of the problem in a major city and what procedures were in place to guard against accidental electrocution. Results indicated that over 420 street light poles were observed with missing or makeshift junction box covers. This article describes the design and introduction of a universal hand hole cover for round poles made of high impact UV-protected ABS plastic that is now being used by cities, state DOTs, and electric utilities to ameliorate the danger posed by exposed street light pole hand hole wires.

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    Public Works Journal Corporation

    200 South Broad Street
    Ridgewood, NJ  United States  07451
  • Publication Date: 2000-7

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  • English

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 74-75
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  • Accession Number: 00796080
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2000 12:00AM