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A major utility has recently specified the use of Polesaver sleeves to provide protection on its wooden utility poles.
The utility based in Europe has traditionally used wooden poles treated with creosote wood preservative. Following the recent re-classification of Creosote by the European Commission as a class 1b carcinogen, many European utilities are now looking at safe alternatives to creosote treatment.
Factor in the possibility of creosote bleeding where liquid creosote can bleed out of the pole surface under certain climatic conditions and the need for change is clear to protect both utility employees and members of the public from coming into contact with creosote.
There are a range of safer alternative wood preservatives based on copper as the main active fungicide. Utility concerns over the longer-term performance of these wood preservatives and attack by copper tolerant fungi have led many utilities to look additional protection options to provide protection from ground line decay at the ground line section of the pole where mechanical loading and the likelihood of decay over time is high.
The selection criteria set by the utility included a requirement for 40+ years pole life, improved safety and reduced environmental impact. Following an extensive review by the utility, Polesaver composite ground line barrier sleeves were selected for use with a copper in oil type wood preservative treated to a high retention level.
Installation of Polesaver sleeved poles commenced in 2021 with only small changes in work practices required the switchover has been trouble free with utility and sub-contractor employees commenting positively about the clean and odour free alternatives.
With North American representatives now available, we are on-hand to demonstrate our +20 Protection products in person and show you how your utility can benefit from increased pole life.
Polesaver protection sleeves prevent ground rot in wood utility poles and increase pole life by +20 years from the start, regardless of wood preservative type.
Polesaver ground-line barrier sleeves are a dual-layer, high-performance sleeve that prevents ground rot in wooden utility poles and gives an expected utility pole life of 50 years.
Polesaver manufactures and supplies guaranteed products that are proven to increase the life of utility poles. With millions of sleeves supplied to date, our patented ground-line barrier sleeves have been proven in volume use since 1994.
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*Polesaver uses long term independent test data on the effectiveness of barrier sleeves and fire protection fabric to reach all the conclusions given on this website (test data available on request). Based on this data, Polesaver believes longer life, maintenance of strength over time, improved safety and reliability, extended inspection periods and reduced maintenance requirements are reasonable claims. This is subject to Polesaver products being correctly applied as per our instructions and used on correctly preservative treated (for long term in-ground use - use class 4 or higher) wooden utility poles that are free of decay at the time of sleeve application. The claims made, real or implied are not warranties. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate and satisfy themselves that the performance of the product meets their specific safety, reliability, extended inspection, repair and any other performance or cost-benefit criteria before using Polesaver sleeves or fire protection fabric.