Vegetation growing in the wrong place can create public and worker safety hazards, initiate devastating fires, and much more. Overgrown vegetation can prevent utility workers from seeing dangers, such as damaged facilities and gas leaks. Vegetation that isn’t properly maintained can also prevent workers from accessing facilities to make necessary repairs.
Overgrown vegetation growing in and around electric facilities can also create risks to uniformed or unaware property owners and improperly trained tree workers. The stories of homeowners and local tree care workers injured or killed by coming in contact with power lines are all too common.
For more information on the risk posed by working near power lines, watch a great video produced by Xcel Energy.