Routine patrol inspection. Pole line patrols should be set up to inspect pole lines and to correct
faulty conditions. Frequency of inspection would depend on the age and type of plant. In some areas,
cable should be completely inspected every 2 years; in other areas, annually and in combat zones, more
a. Inspection crew qualifications. Inspection crews should-
(1) Be familiar with safety precautions.
(2) Include at least one experienced person.
(3) Be equipped with all necessary tools for minor or temporary repairs.
b. General inspection instructions. Make inspections of poles and fixtures from the ground,
except where an obvious defect indicates a need for climbing. The following types of poles may require
inspection off the ground:
(3) Dead end.
(4) Reverse (buck) crossarm.
(5) Side lead termination.
(7) Railroad crossing.
(8) River crossing.
(9) Poles sinking in soft footing.
c. Pole inspection. Do not climb poles of doubtful strength until they are tested. Inspect poles,
struts, and pole braces for the following defects:
(1) Decay at the ground line.
(2) Exposed decay pockets.
(3) Insect and woodpecker damage.
(4) Splits, shakes, and checks.