Just want to submit this picture, for discussion. It is of a Liney(Craig Williams), over here, fitting sleeves to some 33kV lines, next to an ABS(Air Break Switch) on a pole. He is wearing the same gloves and gauntlets that all of us Line people have to.
Sorry about cutting his head off and leaving out the ABS, but this pic was in the paper. (I have permission to use this, courtesy of The Press, ChCh, NZ). What do you guys reckon?. BTW, the guy is wearing a pole belt, that is hooked to the EWP that he is in.
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Bjarney, As a young kid in Temuka(where ALL of our lines were O/H), I remember thinking that, My God that job looks dangerous, with respect to the Lineys, using all that cover-up gear and so-forth. Having since done this work myself, there is not a lot to it really. It's all a Mind-set, in that you could have upwards of 66kV flying past you, when you are standing between 2 phases of this system, but as long as you do what you think is right and SAFE, you can't really go wrong. One thing that I have tried to emphasise in this Forum, is the fact, that wether you work on 120VAC or you work on 120kV, your level of Safety, is directly proportional to YOUR attitude, towards your own safety and that of anyone around you!.
Re: Cover-Up's and Gauntlets#149129 07/25/0302:27 AM07/25/0302:27 AM
Bjarney, What sort of cover-up gear, is prevalent in the US?. Is it similar to here?. Are the long shoulder gauntlets used in the US?. Do the gloves and gauntlets have to be regularly tested by Electro-static means?. Just wondering.
Re: Cover-Up's and Gauntlets#149130 07/25/0310:50 AM07/25/0310:50 AM
Yes, periodic rubber-goods retesting is required. Use is typically limited to 34.5kV by OSHA, but often to lesser voltages by local-utility policy [that seems to depend on a region's accident statistics.] Some limit glove work to 5kV. Sticks are the alternate live method.
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Re: Cover-Up's and Gauntlets#149131 08/08/0310:43 AM08/08/0310:43 AM
Gidday Sven, Yeah, the rubber parts that cover the liney's arms and shoulders are actually a 2 part thing, they clip on to studs on your overalls,(which incidentally are orange and blue over here, with a reflective triangle on the back). You're definitely on to it there, mate, with respect to working in Hot weather, the last time I done any REAL Line work, it was a day where the temperature got up to 35 degrees C, the sheer heat build up in this gear is stifling, we normally keep a cooler full of Gatorade in the EWP bucket in these conditions!. Yup, Get the smallest of holes in a Glove and it's off to the Trash heap it goes, no sense in even repairing it, any hole in a glove like this, could be dangerously fatal. We have a test bath at the local PoCo where the gloves are tested and they are put on a hand-like metal form and the water in the bath is Earthed, then a voltage of twice the Working Voltage of the glove is passed through it, this test can be quite spectacular if the glove has even the smallest of holes in it!. This is why we wear leather outers over our Rubber gloves, because at 66kV, you could quite easily damage a glove, which would not be too cool.
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Re: Cover-Up's and Gauntlets#149133 08/16/0308:17 AM08/16/0308:17 AM
Oh, BTW, Sven, the Liney is not wearing any over trousers, that is just the colour of the bottom part of his overalls. What looks like a belt, is this guy's pole belt, he is attached to the side of the EWP bucket, in case he falls out, the actual strap is under the line sleeve in the centre left of the picture. In case you were not aware, the EWP is made from Nylon-reinforced Fibreglass and apparently they test the bucket+ arm with a Flash Voltage of 3MV(AC), if it fails, it's out, good to see that the people are standing behind thier own products!.
Re: Cover-Up's and Gauntlets#149134 08/22/0306:20 AM08/22/0306:20 AM
Bjarney, Brought me a Modie-wark last week, Most dependable piece of test gear I've bought in a wee-while, I've tried it on Live lines, Isolated Lines and Newly-Isolated Lines, the thing hasn't missed a beat, thanks for the link, bud!. And it works from 3.3kV to 66kV, just the ticket,I say!. BTW, I had it imported from Australia by Redeal Ltd(Ideal Electrical). Most credit to Bjarney though!
Re: Cover-Up's and Gauntlets#149135 08/22/0310:06 AM08/22/0310:06 AM