We know that resistance $R$ of a material is given by:
$$R=\rho\frac l A$$
where $\rho$ is the resistivity of the material, $l$ is its length and $A$ is its area of cross-section.
Further, concrete is a bad conductor of electricity. Otherwise, we would have used it in power lines instead of copper or aluminium! So, resistivity of concrete is high (but not infinite) or conductivity is low (but not zero).
This made me wonder, whether a person at the top of a very tall building is less susceptible to electric shock compared to a person in a lower level. Let me explain why I arrived at this conclusion using the following image:
The red coloured box with a lightning symbol is the power source which is at a higher potential with respect to the potential of earth. "🙂" and "☹" are our volunteers with an electrical resistance of $r$ ohms. The first one is at a higher level than the second one. Let as assume both building are of uniform cross-section $A$ with uniform resistivity $\rho$.
I'm assuming the part of building between the volunteers' feet and the ground to be resistors of resistances $R_1$ and $R_2$ respectively.
Since, resistance is directly proportional to the length $l$ of the material, $R_1$ is greater than $R_2$. As same current flows through the volunteers' and the buildings they are in a series combination.
As $R_1>R_2$, $r+R_1>r+R_2$. Thus for the same potential difference, the current that flows through the person on the left building is comparatively lesser than that of the person on the right building, in accordance with Ohm's law. The difference is high because of the fact cement is an extremely poor conductor.
Thus, a person at a higher level receives less electric shock than a person at a lower level.
I have used a lot of assumptions in my reasoning and it was quite surprising to see the final result. Is this really true? Is there any "safe floor" above which a person could happily touch a power line without receiving electric shock?
Image Courtesy: My own work :)