General Foreman

A GF is a foreman who didn’t realize the GF position takes more than sitting in the truck and letting others carry you. Though the job requires strong administrative skills, about 1 in 50 GFs actually have any.

Safety Harness

It’s easy to get lazy and decide to hop up in your bucket (aerial device) without a harness; it’s also very stupid. Any number of things can happen while in the air and that harness can end up being the only thing between you and a broken back. Make sure your harness fits you. Yes, they have adjustable straps, but they also have sizes. You ever seen a tiny guy with a large harness? There are 3 feet worth of straps dangling at his feet. Not all companies will require this, but they should: get an FR harness. You REALLY don’t want a harness melting on you after an arc flash.

H2S Monitor

H2S monitors are not much of a concern where the oil industry isn’t big. If you do linework in West Texas, for example, you will probably be issued on. This little device will start going absolutely nuts when it detects harmful gases that are prevalent in and around the oil field.

FR Clothing

Fire retardant clothing is beyond important in linework. Electricity doesn’t like being controlled and looks for any opportunity to lash out. More often than not, it’s completely unpredictable. Countless lives have been spared by FR clothing. Make sure you’re wearing the proper category FR for the work you’re doing, and take care to wash them properly. You can always talk to your safety rep about it if you’re not sure.


Some men like to say you’re a sissy for wearing gloves then use that same mouth to whine about their blisters. Gloves protect from impact, pinch points, and chemicals. They’re incredibly useful and you’re a fool if you refuse to wear them.


Boots are an amazing piece of PPE for lineworkers. Steel toe or composite toe boots will be heavier but offer more protection for when a pole goes to rolling or a ground hand drops a wrench on your foot.

Hard Hat

Hard hats are a standard part of lineworkers’ PPE. They protect your head from getting boo-boos, but frankly, they won’t do much more than that.

Ground Hand

Ground Hands are poor souls who thought linework would be a good idea. We can’t blame them; it’s a requirement that their IQ be at most 70 (or so it seems).


Operators are ground hands with just enough experience to obtain a new title that allows them to sit on their butts and operate a digger derek while others do all the real work.


Most men who hold the title “foreman” are washed-up Bucket Boys who are paid entirely too much to sit in their trucks while the crew earns their paycheck. That’s it. That’s all there is to them

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