Pole Top Rescue training keeps DU linemen hooked and ready
November 20, 2014
Crews from the Decatur Utilities Electric Department were trained Thursday in techniques for pole top rescues. The annual training helps linemen prepare for situations where they might have to climb a pole to rescue a co-worker who has been electrocuted or suffered a heart attack or other injury. The intensive exercise requires that DU linemen climb the pole and then harness and lower a 175-lb mannequin safely to the ground.
Crews were also trained on bucket truck rescues which become necessary when a co-worker becomes incapacitated while in a bucket working on overhead primary lines. For both scenarios, crews are expected to be able to have the injured lineman on the ground in less than four minutes after beginning the rescue effort.
Electric superintendent Steven Williams said he hopes DU never has to use the techniques. However, he said linemen must be trained and able to respond should an incident arise where such a rescue is necessary.
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