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Please don’t post on poles, CMP asks
AUGUSTA, Maine, May 27, 2010 — A recent rise in the prevalence of signs attached to utility poles has prompted Central Maine Power Company (CMP) to remind the public that the practice can endanger utility workers and can lead to fines under Maine law.
“Come spring, yard-sale organizers, entrepreneurs, house painters and other folks are looking for places to post signs,” said CMP Spokesman John Carroll. ”We wish them all well, but for the safety of our employees we ask that they not use utility poles as bulletin boards.”
Carroll said utility workers typically use bucket trucks to work on poles, but some jobs or some terrain may require that workers climb or otherwise contact the pole. Nails, tacks, screws and staples left in a pole from attaching signs or other objects can cause life-threatening holes or rips in insulating gloves, tear clothing, cut workers or lead to other accidents that could hurt people and interrupt service.
“We urge the public to help us maintain a safe electric system for line workers and customers by putting signs on stakes or other safe locations, not on utility poles,” Carroll said.
Carroll said that under Maine law attaching anything to a utility pole without permission of the owner is a civil offense that can draw a fine of up to $100.
About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit cmpco.com.