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Osmose Pole Inspections Begin in Bridge Creek, Newcastle, and South OKC


Annual inspection and maintenance of in-


service wood poles begins this month in the Bridge Creek, Newcastle, and south Oklahoma City areas. Pole inspection and maintenance plays a major role in prolonging a pole's service life. It is a proactive approach that saves money and ensures reliable electric service, says Marty Hayes, OEC's manager of operations services. "Wooden poles deteriorate over time," Hayes says.


"A sound inspection program preserves and extends the life of poles and helps identify weaknesses that have the potential to create long and expensive power outages." Pole assessments involve either hand-digging


around the pole base or performing a sound-and-bore test. Automatic phone calls will notify members in the inspection area a week or so before crews arrive. "Te crew foreman will try to contact the landowner before workers go onto private property," assures Hayes. OEC has again contracted with Osmose Utilities


Above, a visual inspection of a pole can identify above ground defects such as woodpecker holes and defective equipment.


Below, an external paste preservative is being applied to help prevent future decay caused by ground moisture.


Services to examine the structural integrity of the poles beginning in south Oklahoma City and will move west into Newcastle and Bridge Creek. Inspections will not interrupt service. Like OEC personnel, Osmose crews carry


identification and work from easily identified company vehicles. Call Hayes at 405-217-6642 if you have questions about the crews or their work.


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