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Pulling a Pole
We were pulling a pole after a change-over, 34kv ontop, 4kv underbuild.We set up the linetruck so the turret was right next to the butt. We put the steel sling around the butt(the same sling we used to drag the new pole into position to set it). We started to try and pull the butt, no go. The sling breaks, the steel winch line flies up into the 34,everybody just starts running. When things calmed downed and everybody seemed OK,like a bunch of dopes, we decided to say nothing( restrictions had already been removed, and the line did not trip).Later that night the foreman notices exit wounds on his feet, and a burn on his shoulder.He goes to the hospital, and thank God ,every thing is OK.Now the whole crew has alot of explaining to do. We tried to hide something that could save a life down the road.Take your own lessons from this experience, there are several to be learned.