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I have rode the cable car pulling a wire lasher over a huge canyon. From pole to pole was 400 feet and the poles were 30 feet high but to the bottom of the canyon was about 200 feet down. The guys on the ground pull the cable car and they can have a bit of fun with the rider. The lasher spiros around the cable and the steel "Messenger Strand" binding them tight. That device behind the dude is a lasher, they have not changed much over the years. The cable on the left is huge and is hung on cable rings, normally a short term fastener but I have seen cable rings in place for over 40 years. Every thing is stainless steel when all possible.

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We used a truck (when possible) to pull the lasher between poles. Climb up the pole move the tow rope to your belt, move the lasher to the otherside of the pole, reconnect the tow rope to the lasher, signal the tow driver to pull to the next pole. Gets boring. Highly recommended to always reconnect the tow rope to the lasher before signalling; bad ju ju if you forget.
 

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Yeah, I have seen a lineman pulled off a pole because he had a drop wire attached to his belt without the slip type handline holder. A loop in the drop wire was caught on bicycle that rode thru the work zone. That little tool is often removed or never used.

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The reason I had to ride the cable car over a canyon was it was up on rings and I had to remove the rings as we were lashing. And yes pole line construction can get boring and that's when accidents can happen.
 
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