Thank you for all the input here, I appreciate your skill in the trees, and with words. I have often thought with the Incidental designator, it confuses me as well, and any insight anyone has would be appreciated.I did want to broach a subject that @Tony briefly mentioned in hopes that he could shed more light. I myself have never quite understood the incidental line clearance arborist designation. Would the utility recognize that if you knocked out power or got killed? My understanding is if you are within their MAD or touch their infrastructure, you are technically trespassing. In my own experience, the incidental line clearance designation has only been used as a verbal tool by residential tree bosses to pressure unqualified arborists into breaking their 10 foot blanket MAD. They get their employees some EHAT training and now they are qualified to break the 10 foot MAD? Seems fishy. Thanks for the great convo I get a lot of value from the buzz.
As a former professional electrician, I have no problem working around service drops and communications lines, but I stay far away from primaries. I know what they can do, I’ve seen the aftermath and it’s not pretty.