On Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:33:13 -0700 (PDT), " email@example.com"
If it was less than 14', it would not matter. Some years ago our
company truck took out a power line to another building. The electric
company send us a bill for the damage. I, in turn, sent them a bill
for damages to the trailer (rather minor) and explained it was a wire
that drooped below proper level. They paid.
A good friend of mine was on the Interstate in PA early morning and hit
some ice. He hit the guardrail and did just enough damage that he
couldn't drive the car.
Not long after he received a bill for the "damages he caused" to
electrical utility equipment. He returned to the site and his cars paint
was still on the guard rail so he knew he was in the right spot. He
carefully combed the area for any evidence of electrical equipment or
any soil that had been disturbed and found none.
He wrote a letter back to the utility requesting the type(s) of
equipment that were damaged and where they were located. He went through
a chain of mailings before he received a mailing informing him that the
matter was closed.
As an aside a mutual friend who works for an agency said there were
similar reports from others. Apparently the utility would mine the
states accident database and send out bills for damage just because they
could. He said he didn't know how far it would be pursued. So if the
utility owned the right politicians that could be never.
My friend said he heard car horns and saw cars going slow in front of
his house. The cable going to their house ran from their house across
the street to a mid-span attachment on the cable carrier cable and then
to the tap near the pole. The mid-span attachment broke so the cable was
hanging in the street at windshield level.
He called Comcast and they politely informed him they would be there
next Monday between noon and 5. It was late evening so he was likely
speaking to someone offshore who could only offer that solution. So he
called 911 to report the issue with the cable. Multiple fire trucks and
equipment showed up. A little later a Comcast truck showed up and
repaired the mid-span attachment. Next day my friend got a call from the
local Comcast office construction superintendent apologizing for the
event. He said 911 had contact info for them but their after hours call
center didn't. My friend asked and the guy said the reason he was
calling was because the city told them to call. He also said Comcast got
dinged for sending out the firetrucks and other equipment.
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