I know the code says the clearance for open conductors from patios, decks, etc. is 3 ft. Is that from the actual structure? How about if someone is standing on the deck? How far from their hand reach is this? How about if they stand on the railing? I know that's a crazy questions, but I have a "service riser" I need to run and the weather head is going to be up above the patio of this house on the second story. If I knew how to post a picture, I would include it:)
I think they assume you won't accidentally touch something that is 3 feet out past the rail at it's nearest point or 10 feet up. If you are doing something dumb like standing on the rail, you are on your own. We have tree trimmers frying themselves about once a month around here.
Thank you Greg for your response. This deck is built on the back side of the house and is approx. 10ft. high to the platform with approx. 4 ft. rails around it. The service drop connections are about 4 to 5 ft. up above the railing on the corner of the house. Could you tell me how to submit a picture? It might explain a little more. Thanks