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Terry999
Beginner
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Message 1 of 11

Telephone pole climbing

A few weeks ago I applied for a position at BT as a field engineer, surprisingly enough I got the job, before I hand my notice in at my present job I was wondering if anyone out there can answer a couple of questions I didn't think to ask during the interview.

 

1. Although I am not scared of heights the prospect of climbing a pole may be daunting, do the engineers free climb to the top or do you wear an harness whilst climbing.

 

2. Probably a silly question but on average how many poles a day would a engineer climb in a average residential area.

 

Much appreciated for any response.

 

 

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Distinguished Sage
Distinguished Sage
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Message 2 of 11

Re: Telephone pole climbing

Safety is BTs number one priority, you will get full training before you are expected to climb any poles. Many faults are at street cabinets and distribution boxes (which may require a ladder to reach).

 

There is an awful lot to learn, much of it safety related. Have fun...

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londonlocal
Aspiring Contributor
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Message 3 of 11

Re: Telephone pole climbing

I have been a BT field engineer for 16 years, and climb poles everyday, well nearly, you will be trained, but to put your mind at rest, you are required to harness your self to the pole once you reach the top of the ladder, then work your way up. Simple.

ronin22
Aspiring Expert
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Message 4 of 11

Re: Telephone pole climbing

ref health and safety who foots the ladder?

work your way up-not an exact science then?Smiley Very Happy

 

Here is BT boot camp guys doing a rapid exit.

 

 

In the end we will all be star dust.
Then start all over again.
ronin22
Aspiring Expert
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Message 5 of 11

Re: Telephone pole climbing

First one to the top gets the job!Smiley Very Happy

 

 

 

In the end we will all be star dust.
Then start all over again.
londonlocal
Aspiring Contributor
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Message 6 of 11

Re: Telephone pole climbing

No one foot's the ladder, Its tied to the pole.....

hamish72
Recognised Expert
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Message 7 of 11

Re: Telephone pole climbing

 


londonlocal wrote:

No one foot's the ladder, Its tied to the pole.....


Some times its the engineer who should be tied to the pole Smiley Tongue

 

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tommo81
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Message 8 of 11

Re: Telephone pole climbing

hi terry999 did you find the job on the bt website or on angecy site ive been looking for a while now and aint really found much on the bt site. does anybody know of any sites or numbers that might be able to point me in the right direction thanks.

PC
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Message 9 of 11

Re: Telephone pole climbing

Terry 

 

What ever you do don't WATCH THIS.

 

And good luck with your new job.

 

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nualamcgirr
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Message 10 of 11

Re: Telephone pole climbing

I realise that you posted this some time ago, however I was wondering if you would have any advice in relation to the interview. i.e. can you recall any of the questions you may have been asked or was there a practical element?