Just write this guy off as another ALARMIST. that conductor is no more subject to severe physical damage as the 999999999999 KABILLION other conductors that have been in service for longer than he has been alive!
He is another one of those GODS who probably gets a kick out of scaring little old ladies with unlikely scenarios that he has dreamed up...
i say he is more of a hazard than the wire.
just for kicks, i would use a section of 3/4" RIGID mounted on some unistrut!
[This message has been edited by mustangelectric (edited 03-15-2005).]