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10/5/2017 1:45:20 PM
Petergunn Member #: 8711 Registered: 1996-2001
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Company: Performance Profiling Occupation: Sweep & Splice Technician Location: Where the Iowa River meets the Mississippi River
Re: MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Three people are dead af
It may be just my own personal experience, or it is as real of risk as my sub-conscious interprets it to be. But, because of a jin-pole failure during my first tower job, I am not able to tell.  It was many years ago, using a wooden jin-pole with hooks and belt, and my friend was on the pole when it snapped. He went down through the center of the four-legged sections with the top of the pole right behind him. He hit the roof of the small fiberglass structure at the base, the electronic shack, and the top of the pole landed on his head and drove them both to the floor, inside of the shack. B.t.w., this was nearly 300 miles from the nearest hospital, doctor,or amblulance, on an offshore oil rig, in the Gulf of Mexico.  Several months in the hospital, and many months in therapy followed. He survived AND I'LL NEVER KNOW HOW. SERIOUSLY.
  All my life, I have had a prejudiced opinion of jin-pole construction. It may simply be my own personal demon. or are the added risks, and equipment, hardware and winches leaving us wide open for oversight miscalculations? I seemed to be forced into a game of wits with each and every job that deploys a jin-pole as part of the necessary construction.
  I am relieved that the industry (not that I am aware of) no longer uses wood jin-poles. I still cringe. Is it me,or does there seem to be increased risk and danger with every jin-pole operation? I know my level of stress is telling me there is.
Where there are no alternatives, there is no problem...Petergunn Lookstwice-2001. This member is a Regular Member.
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