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Tuesday, September 09, 2003


Florida: Cable TV worker electrocuted

"A worker for the Bright House Network was electrocuted Tuesday afternoon in Winter Park.
He and another worker were stringing a cable over a tree at the corner of Minnesota and 17-92. While one worker used a pole to guide the cable, the other held on to the cable itself, which came in contact with a 7,200-volt power line. The worker touching the cable was killed instantly."

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The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requires cable TV companies maintain a minimum distance of 40" between their cable and the lowest power system conductor or cable for safety reasons. No details were available regarding this accident, so it's too soon to say it resulted from a safety zone violation.

Many cable TV companies and their contractors routinely violate the NESC safety zone rather than pay the $3000+ to buy a taller pole with more vertical space. We commonly see at least several violations per mile at the power utilities we work for.


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