Safe Wood Pole Handling - Instant Video
This 20-minute DVD describes how to prepare for and execute a pole installation or pole removal. It covers:
Communicating with other utilities and agencies in the planning and permitting of a pole job, loading poles onto the appropriate pole trailer and transporting them to the job site, installing a new pole, and removing an old pole.
Introduction – 7 minutes
A brief history of wooden poles as used by electric utilities. Preparing for a pole installation: Jobsite planning, permits, and community awareness. Selecting a pole trailer. How to move poles in the pole yard, and load the trailer.
Pole Installation – 8 minutes
How to install cover-up on energized lines and ground the truck, if necessary. Creating the hole to accept the pole, by using an auger on a truck, and digging by hand. Raising the pole and placing it in the hole. Straightening the pole, and filling in around it.
Pole Removal – 5 minutes
Preparing to remove the pole. Installing cover-up or grounding nearby energized conductors. Installing and operating a pole jack to lift the pole free of the ground. Maneuvering the pole, and loading it on a pole trailer. Filling the old hole and cleaning up the work site.