by , on July 27, 2011

As copper increases in value, so does copper theft.  Copper is typically stolen from vacant or abandoned homes or work sites, but in rural areas it is typically stolen from utility companies.   Thieves who break into electrical sub-stations risk their lives as they venture near high voltage and could cause a power surge to customers and harm utility employees.  The US DOE estimates that copper thefts cost $1 billion per year.

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Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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