A. General condition. Buckling at the ground line or an unusual angle with respect to the ground may indicate that the pole has rotted or is broken.
C. Holes. Hollow spots and woodpecker holes can reduce the strength of a wood pole.
D. Shell rot and decay. Rotting and decay are cutout hazards and possible indications of the age and internal condition of the pole.
E. Knots. One large knot or several smaller ones at the same height on the pole may be evidence of a weak point on the pole.
F. Depth of setting. Evidence of the existence of a former ground line substantially above the existing ground level may be an indication that the pole is no longer buried to a sufficient depth.
G. Soil conditions. Soft, wet, or loose soil around the base of the pole may indicate that the pole will not support any change in stress.
H. Burn marks. Burning from transformer failures or conductor faults could damage the pole so that it cannot withstand changes in mechanical stress.
1 A properly guyed pole in good condition should, at a minimum, be able to handle the weight of an employee climbing it.
2 The presence of any of these conditions is an indication that the pole may not be safe to climb or to work from. The employee performing the inspection must be qualified to make a determination as to whether it is safe to perform the work without taking