Conductor Stringing Safety - Instant Video
This 30-minute video discusses the steps involved in a typical conductor stringing job. Since linemen don’t string new conductors very often, this video provides a valuable overview of common types of conductor stringing, the equipment that’s used for each, and essential safety procedures to follow before, during, and after stringing.
Introduction – 5 minutes
A brief history of conductor stringing. A comparison of conventional stringing with tension stringing. The advantages and disadvantages of each type stringing method.
Preplanning/Preparation – 4 minutes
How to assess and deal with jobsite hazards and obstacles including existing conductors. How to move existing conductors to accommodate stringing the new line. Other preparations include how to select, hang, and ground travelers. Stringing a P-line for future use.
Setup, Grounding – 7 minutes
What to incorporate in the tailboard meeting: Traffic signage, public safety, equipment placement. Proper grounding procedures for equipment and conductors, when working near existing high voltage lines.
Final Job Preparation – 2 minutes
How to select and install pulling rope and reels. How to connect the pulling rope to the conductor.
Tension Setup – 5 minutes
Describes and demonstrates how the tensioner controls sag during the pulling of a new conductor. How to adjust the speed of the conductor being pulled, by changing the force difference between the puller and the tensioner. How to set up a hydraulic tensioner before pulling begins.
Pulling Procedures – 7 minutes
Topics to include in the final tailgate meeting just before pulling begins: Work site layout, the duties and work station assignments for each crew member, communications, traffic control, hazardous locations, personal protective equipment. Also: Safety precautions during reel changes, conductor tensioning, and clamping-in the conductor.