observe the safety precautions and practices appearing in this lesson. The safety procedures supplement
and enhance the safety data outlined herein and will be observed when performing pole line work which
may not be specifically covered in this manual.
The installation of pole lines expose personnel to many safety hazards that are not common to
other activities. Most accidents which occur during pole line installation can be prevented. It is the
responsibility of the outside plant team chief to instruct team members in a manner that will reduce and
eliminate accidents. Individual team members are responsible for the overall safety of the team as well
as their own safety. They can best assist themselves ad the entire team by performing their assigned
tasks in the specified order and in the proper manner.
Body belts and safety straps require a considerable amount of care and maintenance. Each
person will inspect his or her body belt and safety strap each day before using the equipment. Team
chiefs should make regular inspections of the body belts and safety straps of all team members looking
for the following defects:
a. Cracks or cuts in the leather.
b. Thinness due to wear.
c. Broken threads in the sewing.
d. Loose or broken rivets.
e. Poor action of the snap-hook keeper.
f. Holes stretched too large by the tongue of the buckle.
g. Excessive wear directly under the roller of the safety strap buckle.
h. Excessive play between the sleeve and the pin where the snap-hoops are attached to the
safety strap. The extra play is caused by abnormal wear of the pin.
i. Hard spots in the leather caused by heat. Heat dries out the leather and makes it brittle.
Use of safety straps. Observe the following precautions in the use of the safety straps:
a. Check the connection at the snap-hook to the D-ring before putting any weight on the strap.
b. Keep the snap hook facing away from the body when the hook is engaged in the D-ring.
c. Keep both ends of the safety strap snapped into one D-ring when the strap is not being used.