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National Electrical Safety Code

(NESC

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Rules for
Joint Use Construction
Marne and Associates, Inc.
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David J. Marne, P.E. Grant D. Glaus, P.E.
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Section 01. Introduction
Rule 011. Scope
Used by engineers and linemen
Administrative authority is
typically the state public service or
utility commission.
Used by engineers and electricians
Administrative authority is typically a
state, city, or local electrical
inspector.
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NESC

Rules for Joint Use Construction


Joint Use
NESC defines joint use as
simultaneous use by two
or more kinds of utilities.
Power and
communications.
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Part 2. Overhead Lines
WORK RULES
UNDERGROUND LINES
PART 4
OVERHEAD LINES
PART 3
ELECTRIC SUPPLY STATIONS
PART 2
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INFO
General
SAG chart needed to
check clearance?
YES NO
Clearances of supporting
structures from other objects
NO YES
Vertical clearances of wires,
conductors, cables, and
equipment above ground,
roadway, rail, or water surfaces
RULE 232
YES NO
RULE 230
RULE 231
Clearances between wires,
conductors, and cables
carried on different supporting
structures
RULE 233
YES NO
Clearances of wires,
conductors, cables, and
equipment from buildings,
bridges, rail cars, swimming
pools, and other installations
RULE 234
YES NO
Section 23. Clearances
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Section 23. Clearances
Clearance for wires,
conductors, or cables carried
on the same supporting
structure
RULE 235
YES NO
Climbing space RULE 236
YES NO
Working space RULE 237
YES NO
Vertical clearance between
certain communications and
supply facilities
RULE 238
YES NO
Clearance of vertical and
lateral facilities from other
facilities and surfaces on the
same supporting structure
RULE 239
YES NO
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Section 23. Clearances
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Clearances are based on:
Reference component.
Mechanical and electrical component.
Section 23. Clearances
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Section 23. Clearances
235C4. Communication
Worker Safety Zone
Rules 235C and 238 create a
communication worker safety
zone.
No supply or communication
facility may be located in the
communication worker safety
zone except as allowed by Rules
238C (light fixtures and traffic
signals), 238D (light fixture and
traffic signal drip loops), and 239
(vertical risers).
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Section 23. Clearances
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Section 23. Clearances
Clearance from supply
conductors
NESC Table 235-5
40 in
Rule 235C2b(1)(a)
75% of that required at
the pole
Rule 238
No hardware in
communication work
safety zone
30"
40"
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distribution line
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NESC Table 235-5
40 in plus 0.4 in per kV
over 8.7kV
Rule 235C2b(1)(a)
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the pole
Rule 238
No hardware in
communication work
safety zone
Section 23. Clearances
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Section 23. Clearances
Clearance from a neutral
in the supply space
NESC Table 235-5
30 in at the pole
Rule 235C2b(1)(a)
12 in in span (by
exception)
Rule 238
No hardware in
communication work
safety zone
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Section 23. Clearances
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Clearance from
secondary
NESC Table 235-5
Clearance at the pole
Rule 235C2b(1)(a)
75% of that required
at the pole
Rule 238
No hardware in
communication work
safety zone
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Rule 235H. Clearance and
spacing between
communication conductors,
cables, and equipment
The spacing between
communication messengers
should not be less than 12
inches.
The clearance between the
conductors, cables, and
equipment of one
communication utility to those of
another shall not be less than 4
inches anywhere in the span.
Both requirements may be
reduced by agreement of the
parties involved.
Communications
(Cable TV)
Communications
(Telephone)
Section 23. Clearances
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Section 23. Clearances
Rule 235I. Clearances in any
direction from supply line
conductors to communication
antennas in the supply space
attached to the same
supporting structure
Antennas should be installed
and maintained only by
personnel authorized and
qualified to work in the supply
space
The clearance between a
communication antenna
operated at a radio frequency of
3 kHz to 300 GHz and a supply
line shall be not less than
specified in Table 235-6, row 1b.
See Rule 420Q
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Section 23. Clearances
Rule 235I. Clearances in any
direction from supply line
conductors to communication
antennas in the supply space
attached to the same
supporting structure
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Section 23. Clearances
238E. Communication
Worker Safety Zone
Rules 235C and 238 create a
communication worker safety
zone.
No supply or communication
facility may be located in the
communication worker safety
zone except as allowed by Rules
238C (light fixtures and traffic
signals), 238D (light fixture and
traffic signal drip loops), and 239
(vertical risers).
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Section 23. Clearances
Table 238-1
Row 2
Telephone
CATV
40"
Highest
communications
equipment
12.47/7.2 kV, 3, 4W distribution
line
Lowest supply
equipment
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Table 238-1
Row 3
Section 23. Clearances
Telephone
CATV
24.94/14.4 kV, 3, 4W distribution line
43"
Highest
communications
equipment
Lowest supply
equipment
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Lowest supply equipment
Telephone
CATV
30"
Highest communications equipment
Effectively grounded neutral (230E1)
Table 238-1
Row 1
Section 23. Clearances
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Section 23. Clearances
Highest communications
equipment
Lowest supply equipment
CATV
Telephone
40"
Table 238-1
Row 2
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Section 23. Clearances
Table 238-1
Row 2
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Rule 239G. Requirements for vertical
supply conductors and cables passing
through the communication space on
jointly used line structures
Conduit must guard the supply cable:
40 above the highest communication
attachment.
6 below the lowest communication
attachment.
Rule 239D requires guarding within 8 of the
ground.
40"
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Section 23. Clearances
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Section 23. Clearances
Rule 239G. Requirements
for vertical supply
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Rule 239G. Requirements for
vertical supply
40 clearance required from
highest communication
equipment to top of secondary
riser.
40" min.
Section 23. Clearances
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Section 23. Clearances
Rule 239G. Requirements for
vertical supply
40 clearance required from
highest communication
equipment to top of secondary
riser.
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Strength and Loading
Section 24 Grades of construction
Section 25 Loadings for Grades B and C
Section 26 Strength requirements
Section 27 Line insulation
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Part 3. Underground Lines
WORK RULES
UNDERGROUND LINES
PART 4
OVERHEAD LINES
PART 3
ELECTRIC SUPPLY STATIONS
PART 2
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Section 32. Underground conduit systems
Rule 320B2. Separation
between supply and
communication conduit
systems
Conduit systems to be occupied
by communication lines shall be
separated from conduit systems
to be used for supply systems by
not less than
3 in of concrete
4 in of masonry
12 in of well-tamped earth
3"
12"
4"
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Table 353-1
No burial depths are specified for communication cables, however, the
burial depth must be sufficient to protect the cable from damage per Rule
352D1.
NESC

Table 353-1 applies to direct-buried supply cables only


Supply cable
601V 50KV
Over 50KV
Supply cable
0600V
Supply cable
24"
30"
42"
Any surface
Communication
Cable
Rule 352D1
Section 35. Direct buried cable
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Part 4. Work Rules
WORK RULES
UNDERGROUND LINES
PART 4
OVERHEAD LINES
PART 3
ELECTRIC SUPPLY STATIONS
PART 2
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Supply
AND
Communications
General Rules for Employees
Employee Employee
ELECTRIC
COMPANY
Supply and Communications Systems
Rules for Employers
AND
COMMUNICATIONS
COMPANY
Additional Rules for Communications Employees
Communications Employees Only!
Additional Rules for Supply Employees
Supply Employees Only!
Section 41 Section 42
Section 44 Section 43
Part 4. Rules for the Operation of Electric Supply and Communications
Lines and Equipment
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Section 43. Additional rules for communication employees
Rule 431. Approach to
energized parts
No employee shall approach, or
bring any conductive object,
closer to exposed energized
parts than the distances shown
in Table 431-1
Treat all supply lines and
equipment as energized unless
they are deenergized and
grounded following the rules in
Section 44
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