Originally Posted by BridgeMan
So now the only danger is hanging yourself with multiple extension cords snaking all around, or electrocuting yourself when a live cord gets nicked and comes in contact with your aluminum ladder frame.
Good thing you're [not dead yet] and immortal [yes, so far I am immortal].
I've already figured the paths the current would take in the situations you describe and I think falling is way more likely. There is exposure to risk which is present here, and the chance that I will be harmed by that risk, which I think is small compared to the other hazards of tree cutting.
BTW, here's something I've heard about that I never would have thought of.
A kid in a tree is cutting branches and one of them falls on a power line [probably in the kV range] and the kid dies.
-a dead tree doesn't conduct electricity very well so it must have live
-I can imagine this if he was the bridge between the end of the branch and the tree trunk or grounded ladder
-if he was just touching the branch his body would have needed to be more conductive than the branch and tree
BTW, one time we came home from the beach only to have the neighbors tell us that our tree had been on fire because a branch was touching a nearby 7200v line, so the people at the other end of the 911 service came out and put it out.
Sorry I missed that spectacle!