Mandatory Safety Rules Are Proposed for Electric Utilities

For years, electric utilities in New York have operated with a relatively free hand. Along with only three other states, New York has neither its own safety code nor a requirement that utilities comply with national standards. When stray voltage shocks people, utilities in New York currently have an unspecified period to report the incidents to the Public Service Commission, the state oversight agency. For maintenance work and safety inspections of their equipment, utilities have been able to set their own schedules.


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