Install adequate safety guys on a one-for-one basis
before releasing tension on permanent guys. Do not
relieve tension on pole or tower guys until safety guys
are in place, anchored, and tensioned to accept the load.
e. Test pole steps before placing the full body weight on the steps.
Working on poles. Observe the following precautions when working on poles:
a. Make handlines fast to strand or other pole fixtures as soon as the working position is
reached and the safety strap secured. Do not loop handlines over tools in the body belt.
b. Raise and lower tools and materials with a handline. Attach a canvas bucket to the handline
to raise small tools and hardware.
c. Do not place tools or equipment on the tops of poles or crossarms or hang anything on the
line wires, cable, strand, or guy wires.
d. Be sure the gaff supporting most of the body weight is secure in the pole when reaching
away from the pole.
e. Avoid excessive stepping around the pole. Do not make fast swings on the safety strap.
Setting pole. Observe the following precautions when setting poles with pikes:
a. Remove all tools ad other materials from the vicinity of the pole before proceeding to set the
pole. Place all digging bars, shovels, ad other tools on the truck or at a safe distance from the work. Do
not stick tool, upright in the ground.
b. The team chief or authorized person should give all instructions and signals, usually from a
position near the pole butt.
c. Keep unauthorized personnel at a distance of the pole length and a half.
d. Be sure all winch lines, rope slings, pike poles, and other tools and equipment are in good