a. Wood poles should not be considered as providing insulation from energized lines.
188.8.131.52 Backfilling Around Poles. Backfill the hole after the pole has been placed. Use
the pikes to align the pole while backfilling. Pikes should not be removed until sufficient tamping
has been done to prevent the pole from falling.
Many people have been fatally injured or permanently crippled from
accidents during improperly performed pole dismantling.
7.5.1 Minimum Pole Support. Each pole should be guyed in at least three different
directions by guy ropes before any work proceeds on the pole using the following procedure:
a. Make two turns around the pole with a sling and tie securely.
b. Tie three guy lines around the sling at the proper angles.
c. Insert pike poles under two sides of the sling well up the pole.
d. Snub off securely by pencil bars driven into solid ground or by any other substantial
7.5.2 Additional Pole Support. Always check the pole to see if additional support
may be necessary because of pole conditions or strains.
a. Determine the condition of the pole butt before removing guys or wires and support
with additional pike poles or temporary guys if necessary.
b. When an old or reinforced pole is to be dismantled, guy the pole sufficiently to
withstand any altered strain on it and to support the weight of personnel who are to work on it.
c. When changing the strain on a pole, the foreman should see that it is sufficiently guyed
to stand the altered strain. The foreman should not permit workers to climb a pole that is under
an abnormal strain. The foreman should be responsible for the placing of guys to prevent any pole
7.5.3 Truck Restraining. A truck equipped with an "A" frame and backed up to the
pole can be used to restrain the pole. The top of the "A" frame can be tied by the winch line to
the pole. The pole at the groundline level can be securely tied off to the truck.