f. Stand so the pole is rolled away from you. Pulling the pole toward you can allow the
pole to roll on your foot or even crush your leg. Also watch to see that the pole does not roll up
a hump, as the pole could roll back when the grip and position of the hook is changed.
7.3.5 Temporary Pole Storage. Storage of poles should ensure that they will not
deteriorate because of mishandling.
a. Poles that are stored for considerable periods should be stacked above the ground on
racks that provide sufficient ventilation and can be properly blocked to keep them from shifting or
b. Poles should never be stored with cross-arms, braces, steps, and hardware attached.
c. Poles should be stored according to size to make them as accessible as possible.
d. An area of at least 3 meters (10 feet) around stored poles should be kept free of grass
and weeds. There should be sufficient space under the poles to permit removal of leaves and
debris. The foreman is responsible for these activities.
e. Poles stored temporarily on or near roadways, before erection or removal, should be
placed as close as possible to the curb or edge of roadway as is safe. Never store poles at points
in the road where there are sharp turns. Place each pole so that its top faces the direction of
traffic. Poles stored on highways should not have crossarms attached.
7.3.6 Hauling Poles. Pole hauling should be done so as not to endanger workers
and/or the public.
a. Poles, after being loaded on a vehicle, should be secured in at least two places and in a
manner that ensures poles will not be released in traveling over rough terrain. Never use a chain
smaller than 9.5 millimeters (3/8 inch) in diameter.
b. A minimum of at least two people (a driver and a helper) should be assigned to haul a
load of poles. The helper should assist the driver by watching traffic both from the sides and the
rear. The helper should also see that there is ample clearance when turning corners, entering
highways, or crossing intersections. If necessary, the helper should act as flagman to warn and
c. Poles should not be hauled at night except in emergencies.
d. Poles extending more than 1.2 meters (4 feet) beyond the back of a truck or trailer will
have warning devices attached. Provide a red flag by day and a red light by night to the rear end