Ensure a Safe Climb for Your Linemen
By Elissa Glassman
Spring is here, and it’s time to start advertising garage and yard sales. Here are a few steps NLI members can take to help ensure the safety of our line crews on the job.
NLI line crews climb poles on a consistent basis. When people hang signs on the poles with tacks or nails, or use poles for other purposes, it can be dangerous for the line crews.
Even though a sign may have been torn down from a pole, the nails can remain and tear or crack a lineworker’s glove, causing exposure to electric current. If the lineworker should slip, serious lacerations and injury can occur.
According to Idaho Statute 18-7029, placing posters or promotional material on public or private property without permission is unlawful. Any violation of this statute is considered a misdemeanor.
- Do not hang signs or nail objects to the pole. The nails or staples could cause a
lineman to slip when he climbs.
- Do not hang birdhouses, basketball goals or antenna on electrical poles. Line crews will have great difficulty climbing around them, creating a hazard for a lineworker who may slip or fall.
- Do not attach fences to the pole or remove dirt from around the pole.
- Use common sense around utility poles. Show your appreciation for those who work hard to make sure you have reliable electric service.