Removal of Dangerous Utility Poles

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Telegraph poles hold electricity, phone and cable television lines. They're made of wood and are susceptible to damage from inclement weather or automobile accidents. Damaged telegraph poles are considered dangerous and must be removed.

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Removal of a dangerous telegraph pole will keep it from falling over, potentially on a house or parked car. Removing it will also avoid fires and unplanned electric, phone and cable television outages due to disconnected wires.


Removing a dangerous telegraph pole requires a small crane and bobcat. Workers use the bobcat to dig a hole for the new pole. They then use the crane to place the new pole in the ground. Cement is poured into the hole to secure it, and it's left to dry. After it's dry, technicians from the electric, cable and phone company remove the lines from the damaged pole and attach them to the new pole. The workers then dig the damaged pole out of the ground and remove it with the bobcat.

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Removal of dangerous telegraph poles generally occurs over a period of two to three days. However, it can take longer depending on the utility company's schedule.

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