6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
Receiving Pole Shipment. Poles are usually shipped to an activity's pole
storage yard using flatbed railway cars, on which they are secured with skids, stakes,
slings, and binding. Removal is safe if done properly. The principal objectives are to
unload poles so that none are broken, and so that the poles do not roll onto any worker.
10-2.3.1 Skids, rope lines, and slings must preferably be 1/2 in or 5/8 in (12.5 to
16 mm) wire rope. These must be inspected to ensure they are in satisfactory condition
for the operation.
10-2.3.2 All binding wire, stakes, and other fastenings must be inspected for weak or
broken areas before unloading.
10-2.3.3 Always preposition lines as necessary to restrain loads when stakes and
binding wires are cut.
10-2.3.4 The authorized individual-in-charge must determine that all workers are safely
in the clear before permitting binders or stakes to be cut.
10-2.3.5 Binding wires must be cut with long-handled wire cutters. Never cut binders
from the top of the load.
10-2.3.6 Only one person must be permitted on top of a loaded car at a time. No one
must be allowed on top of a carload of poles to cut wires, or if any wires or braces have
been cut or removed.
Ground Handling. Once on the ground the poles can be positioned by the
use of cant hooks. Special precautions must be taken while using these hooks:
10-2.4.1 Hooks must be kept sharp, and must be protected when not in use.
10-2.4.2 The hook bolt must be inspected periodically for wear. If a worn hook bolt
breaks in use, sudden and possibly severe injuries could result.
10-2.4.3 Injuries most often occur when a pole handle breaks or the hook comes out.
Be sure the hook is firmly set in the pole.
10-2.4.4 The cant hook is a one-worker tool. It is likely to break if two workers double
up. If a job requires two workers, two cant hooks must be used.
10-2.4.5 Before moving the pole, make sure that there are no tripping hazards near the
10-2.4.6 Stand so the pole is rolled away. Pulling the pole allows the pole to roll on a
foot or crush a leg.