Iowa lineworkers practice safe pole climbing

Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative

John Dvorak, safety and loss control director from the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, helps lineman BJ Hetzel adjust the new fall restraint system before he climbs the pole.

Thanks to bucket trucks, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative lineworkers don’t need to climb poles very often.

But there is that once or twice a year when a bucket truck can’t get close enough to the pole that needs maintenance. That’s why the Basin Electric Class A member’s lineworkers go through a pole climbing exercise every year.

This year, they had new equipment to test out. Watch the video for more.

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