When a pole is replaced due to advanced decay/damage or replaced with a larger pole to accommodate additional attachments, the original pole is no longer suitable to remain in service and should be removed. However, transfers often take longer than anticipated and sometimes, removal of the original pole "falls through the cracks," leaving double poles in place for months or even years. It's imperative that pole owners understand that "double wood" is not only unsightly, it can also be unsafe.
When you own the pole, you also own the responsibility (and therefore the liability). The task of removing double wood ultimately falls to the pole owner. Failure to do so in a timely manner can create a myriad of problems:
If you have a double wood problem, Osmose can help. Osmose pole pulling programs are supported by the company's commitment to safety, training, and project management. Osmose crews are trained and certified to safely pull old poles.