Never change the amount of strain on a pole by adding or removing wires
until you are sure that the pole will stand the altered strain. If in doubt,
consult your foreman.
Materials Precautions While Working on Poles
Take the following precautions when hoisting or lowering materials:
a. Junked material that cannot be lowered safely may be dropped only if there is no
danger to workers or the public.
b. Workers engaged in hoisting tools and materials should be positioned so that they will
not be injured by an accidental dropping of the tool load.
c. Materials and tools should not be left in an insecure overhead position. Large objects
should be securely lashed.
d. Minimize the number of tools carried in tool belts. Secure tools returned to a tool belt.
Keep all other tools on the ground until they are required. Then tools should be raised and
lowered by means of a canvas bucket attached to a handline. If a tool is too large to be safely
raised in this manner, it should be raised by means of just a handline.
e. Carry a handline up a pole uncoiled with one end attached to the rear of the worker's
body harness. When climbing with a handline, take care to prevent the handline from fouling on
any pole attachments.
Crossing Pole Structures. When it is necessary to climb half-way across a
crossarm to inspect middle phase insulators, the worker may climb the rest of the way across,
provided that, a safety harness can be kept strapped around a timber as a safeguard. To get from
one side of a double-pole supported structure to the other, the worker should descend to the
ground and go up the other pole unless there are adequate handholds and adequate clearances
from live parts to allow safe crossing along the structure.