Why dont they place a coating around the poles holding up the power lines so that when somebody touches it, they wont get electrocuted?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ How thick do you think the coating would have to be to avoid electrocution from an 11,000 volt overhead line and, what weight impact would this have on the cable and the likely resizing of distribution poles? \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Jan 10 at 12:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ Why do you think that this is a problem? The poles should not carry any voltage, they should be grounded. There is no need for additional isolation. \$\endgroup\$ – Bimpelrekkie Jan 10 at 12:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you touch the poles, nothing should happen. The power lines are insulated from the poles (they are supposed to be, that is.) Where did you get the idea that the poles will shock you? \$\endgroup\$ – JRE Jan 10 at 12:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ if somebody touches the powerline and the pole, would it prevent electrocution if the resistance of the pole if extremely high? \$\endgroup\$ – Aura Divitiae Jan 10 at 13:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ You clearly need some better understanding of electricity because: the pole had infinite resistance and The pole is grounded cannot be true at the same time. Only conductive objects can be grounded as grounding requires electrical conductivity. You are only suggesting unlikely and impossible scenarios that will never happen so you will not get a reasonable answer here. \$\endgroup\$ – Bimpelrekkie Jan 10 at 14:16

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