6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
Figure 10-2. Winch Line Method
10-184.108.40.206 When erecting poles by truck winch and winch line, ensure all workers are in
the clear. Depending on the pole size and class, up to three experienced workers may
be needed in addition to the authorized individual-in-charge. For a safe lift, the gins (or
maneuverable rigging assembly) must have enough teeth to handle the pole. Pikes
must not be used in combination with a winch.
10-220.127.116.11 Side guys used in setting poles or structures must be attached to pencil bars
driven into the ground. Tie lines or other guy lines must never be wrapped around any
10-3.5.3 Gin Pole Method. In setting extra-heavy poles or those of 45 ft (13.5 m) or
longer, it is best to use a tackle block attached to another pole rather than the pike pole
method. The other pole is called the gin pole (or maneuverable rigging point), and is
either existing or is especially installed for the purpose of raising the new pole. The gin
pole must be guyed sufficiently with not less than 5/8 in (16 mm) diameter rope to hold it
erect under the strain of the load. When the new pole is raised using power from a
vehicle, the temporary guy must be run from a snatch block at the bottom of the gin pole
to a substantial anchor. This prevents the gin pole from slipping at the ground line.
Otherwise, the gin pole must be set in a hole of depth 1 to 2 ft (305 to 610 mm).
Pole Setting Trucks. Pole setting trucks must be parked, where feasible, so
that the boom will never be closer than 10 ft (3 m) to energized overhead conductors.
When the work is to be done near energized conductors and it is impossible to lower the
boom sufficiently to be in the clear, the conductors must be deenergized and grounded