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Dressed for safety...and success

When your “office” is atop a pole with high voltage power lines humming nearby, what you wear can save your life. A line worker’s gear may be cumbersome and heavy, but it’s essential to getting home safely at the end of every day.

  1. Hard hat protects the head from blows and falling objects.
  2. Safety glasses protect the eyes from loose debris, other hazards and electrical flashes.
  3. Insulated gloves provide protection from burns and electric shock. They are tested every 30 days to withstand 17,000 volts. They’re worn inside leather glove protectors.
  4. Fire-resistant clothing reduces the potential for burns if an electrical arc occurs. The clothing will self-extinguish in seconds.
  5. Climbing belt carries all the tools a line worker might need when working on a pole.
  6. A tool pouch hangs from the side of the climbing belt to hold tools that may be needed on the job.
  7. Climbers/hooks are steel or aluminum leg shafts which are strapped on just below the knee and around the boots. They hold the pointed steel gaffs in place on the inner side of the line worker’s boots.
  8. Gaffs are sharp steel points used to dig into a wood pole. They allow the line worker to climb safely and efficiently.
  9. Fall arrest equipment fastens around the line worker and the pole. It is used to prevent a fall.
  10. Boots have steel toes and a composite shank built into the sole to support the feet, especially when climbing a pole.
  11. Handline is a rope with a pulley system, used to raise tools and equipment needed when working on a pole or to lower a line worker to the ground if a pole-top accident occurs.
  12. A ditty bag holds small items, such as nuts, bolts and connectors, that are needed for any number of jobs.

ECE line worker dressed in gear

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