Lineman Tools Guide

A lineman’s work is demanding, particularly in areas where one must deal with strong winds, hail, rain, snow, and extreme heat. Because of this and the fact that linemen can work thirty feet above the ground where they are near electrical equipment, it is absolutely essential for them to use the best equipment and clothing that money can buy.

Lineman Tools Guide

Circuit Tester

This tool is important because it enables linemen to determine the electrical presence within wires they’re working with. While some are quite affordable, the more advanced models come with voltage meters that will allow specified voltage checking, and some kits include multiple tools.

Skinning Knives

These are a specific type of knife unique to linemen which have finger groves within the handle that are comprised of textured or molded plastic, making the tools excellent for scraping notch or copper wire. A lot of models also come with a hook in the handle’s back which enables it to attach and hang from a lineman’s belt for simple storage and access while working.

Work Gloves

No lineman should ever even think about ascending a utility pole without a good pair of work gloves. The best models are waterproof, durable, and well insulated. They also tend to be made with leather and are then reinforced further using finger patches and palms.


Another indispensable tool that no lineman should be without is the screwdriver. The most ideal for line work is the flat-bladed models. However, there are also the magnetic-tip screwdrivers and Klein sets. Screwdrivers are essential in enabling linemen to tighten or loosen different screws as needed.

Work Boots

Ordinary boots are not enough for linemen; they need specialized models which are both insulated and waterproof.  While the most affordable can start at as little as $20, many professionals choose the more expensive models that cost twice as much because they provide the best combination of comfort and protection.        Most lineman are considered pricey, we should think about re-phrasing this.

Eye Wear

Ocular protection is a necessity for those working on utility poles or near electrical equipment. Not only will it protect your eyes from sparks and flying debris, but it will also shield them from the rays of the sun, preserving your precious vision. Most experts agree that the best lens material is polycarbonate because despite having half the weight of glass it is far more durable and comfortable to wear. Such lenses are also impact resistant yet are softer than glass.

Fall Protection

After electrocution, falling from a utility pole is a lineman’s greatest fear. Given the fact these professionals operate at heights that exceed twenty-five feet, a fall can cause serious injuries or even death depending on how and where they land. This is why pros invest in secondary lanyards, especially models that use carabiners. They have lengths of up to ten feet and the best models are readily adjustable even under tension.  Change to OSHA has now made mandatory for employers to provide fall protection systems for their workers in many industries including the electrical utility.

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