is safe if done properly. The principal objective is to unload poles so that none are broken and so
that the poles do not roll onto any worker.
a. Skids, rope lines, and slings should preferably be wire rope having a diameter of 12.5 to
16 millimeters (1/2-inch or 5/8-inch). These should be inspected to ensure they are sufficiently
strong enough for the operation.
b. All binding wire, stakes, and other fastenings will be inspected for weakness or
breakage before unloading.
c. Always place necessary lines to restrain loads when stakes and binding wires are cut.
d. The supervisor will determine that all possible persons are safely in the clear before
binders or stakes are cut.
e. Binding wires should be cut with long-handled wire cutters. Never cut binders from
the top of the load.
f. Only one person should be permitted on top of a loaded car at a time. No one should
be allowed on top of a carload of poles to cut wires or after any wires or braces have been cut or
Once on the ground the poles can be positioned by the use of cant hooks.
Special precautions should be taken while using these hooks.
a. Hooks should be sharp and should be protected when not in use.
b. The hook bolt should be inspected occasionally to detect wear. When a worn hook
bolt breaks in use, a sudden and severe fall can result.
c. Injuries may result when the handle breaks or the hook comes out. Therefore, make
sure the hook is firmly set in the pole.
d. The cant hook is a one-worker tool and frequently breaks when two workers double
up. If the job requires two workers, two cant hooks should be used.
e. Before moving the pole, make sure that there are no tripping hazards behind any