Some precautions to keep constantly in mind are as follows:
NEVER carry tools or other objects in your hand when climbing.
NEVER trust pins,crossarmbraces,orguywires as supports.
If you are working with another person on the same pole and he or she goes up first, wait until he or she is strapped in the working position before you start up.
Do not depend on the snapping sound when you snap the safety strap to a D-ring. Look down to ensure that the snap is hooked on the ring.
If the top crossarm is near the top of the pole, do not pass the strap around the short length of the pole protruding above the crossarm.
Ensure that keepers on the snap hooks on the safety strap are facing away from the body.
Figure 4-80. - Descending.
A lineman should always wear gloves or gauntlets when tending a reel for stringing conductors. Never work with the gauntlets of the gloves turned down
Do not wear hobnailed shoes or shoes with metal plates. When trimming trees for pole lines, wear rubbers or rubber-soled shoes for climbing. Always test the safety strap and body belt before using them. Never wear a strap with stitching across it or one mended with tape. Make all the safety checks of climbing equipment every time you prepare to go aloft.
When a crew member working aloft is shocked into unconsciousness, there are several ways of performing pole-top resuscitation, depending on the prevailing circumstances.
There are some basic steps that you must take when accomplishing a pole-top rescue. First, you need to
evaluate the situation; second, you should provide for YOUR safety; third, you have to climb to position where you can attempt the rescue; and fourth, you need to determine the seriousness of the victim's condition and take the necessary action to accomplish the rescue.
Call out to the victim, "Hey! Do You Need Any Help", "Are You O.K.?" If there is no response or if the victim seems stunned or dazed, prepare to do a rescue. At this point, TIME IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! While calling to the victim, look at the surroundings. Look for things such as the pole or crossarm being split, cracked or on fire. If the victim is in contact with an energized conductor you will need to clear him or her using rubber goods or hot stick. When evaluating the scene look at the whole scene and not just the victim.
WARNING To ensure your personal safety, you need to wear rubber gloves or sleeves and take enough other equipment to secure your position
PROVIDE FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION. Consider turning off the electricity, but don't waste time looking for a switch, the rescue is more important. Your safety is very important to the rescue mission Without you, there will be no rescue. This means personal climbing equipment and rubber goods are in serviceable condition. Hot line tools are ready in case needed andContinue Reading