Annual power pole inspection underway
TCEC contractor crews with Global Utility Services will be inspecting power poles for quality condition and stability for the next three to four months. The areas to be inspected are as follows:
- Texas County – Hough, Goodwell and Texhoma areas to include Townships 1-5; Ranges 12-13. The crews will be inspecting distribution power poles in these areas.
- Cimarron County – From three miles southwest of Boise City continuing 12 miles west and 4.5 miles south. The crews will inspect transmission power poles.
- Beaver County - From 5 miles east of Elmwood continuing along highway 412 ending 6 miles west of Elmwood. The crews will inspect transmission power poles
“Members may see the inspection crew using pickups and four wheelers near their property,” said Jeff Stebbins, Engineering vice president. “We want our members to know what to expect during annual pole inspections.”
TCEC annually inspects about one-fifteenth of its service area. The areas are defined by the normal 15-year lifespan of treated poles. The reject rate of poles that must be replaced is about one percent with normal wear and tear, not including catastrophic events such as weather.
Each pole has identification listing height, strength, type of wood and treatment, the year, month, and where it was produced. The inspection process includes crews digging at the base of poles and performing tests for decay. A preservative, if needed, is applied to the base of the pole to prevent any future decay, which can add years to the life of a pole.
Members with any questions or other concerns may contact TCEC’s member service department at 580-652-2418.
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Headquartered in Hooker, Oklahoma, Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. TCEC is committed to improving the quality of life for its members and communities by delivering safe, reliable and affordable electric service. The cooperative serves about 23,000 meters in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, the northern border of the Texas Panhandle and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. TCEC is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. For more information, visit www.tcec.coop.
Photo caption – Global Utility Services employees talk with TCEC System Engineer Greg Grounds during 2015 power pole inspections.