When a pole is being removed, dismantle the pole before beginning
excavation around the butt. Dismantling consists of removing all
equipment and devices such as crossarms and insulators mounted on the
pole. In locations where poles cannot be lowered with a rope or derrick,
a guideline should be attached so that the pole falls in the desired
direction. All members of a crew, who are not actually engaged in
removal of a pole, should stand clear to avoid possible injury if the pole
should fall. Where necessary, stop all pedestrians and traffic during pole
Climbing and Working on Poles. Workers should be familiar with general rules
for climbing poles and approaching the overhead work area; the impacts of climbing wood poles
as opposed to steel towers; and the dangers of crossing structures from one side to another.
Before Climbing Precautions
Except in emergencies or when unavoidable, do not work at the base of a
structure or a pole while people are at work above. Before climbing a
pole the worker should first determine and ensure:
a. What circuits are energized and at what voltage.
b. Any unusual conditions which might pose a hazard.
c. Types and positions of circuits and the direction of feeds.
d. The best climbing space to avoid all live wires, grounded wires, and signal circuits.
e. That there is an ample supply of rubber protective equipment on hand to completely
protect the worker on the pole from all live wires, grounded wires, and signal circuits.
f. That not more than one worker will descend a pole at the same time. The first worker
should be in place on the pole or down on the ground before the next worker ascends or descends
the pole. When it becomes necessary for one worker to work above the other, they will exercise