Falling Down Poles

Firstly, please let me apologise for the paucity of posts to this site of late.  If you could see the pile of rubble which presently forms my abode you would understand.  Completely.  The same delay also applies to email replies, letters, photo posts and my income tax payment.

Anyway, by way of catching up a little, herewith a triptych of busted poles sent to us by telegraph pole task force of Graham Davis (#0513) and his sidekick, Dave (#0516) aboard their BT Battle Bus.

A broken electric pole

Busted Pole

The same busted pole

The first one is an electric pole to which they were called out in error, but which the police asked them to support until the electric company arrived. The second is one that had been hit by a car, ably supported by an acro left by a passer by – presumably they had one in their boot. And when I looked for the caption for the third picture I realised it was the same as the second one from a different angle. So there you go.

All this brings me on to this week’s reader request spot.  We’ve had an email from a lawyer from a large international practice. With the following;

Dear Sirs

I represent a young man who was struck on the head recently by a falling BT telegraph pole, sustaining a severe head injury.

Are you able to recommend any experts who could comment on the decay to the pole, what caused it, how long it had been there, and whether BT’s system of inspection was reaonable. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Kind regards


Perry cleverly got straight to the point – aware perhaps that at the first sniff of anything legal I hit the delete key so hard I would normally require a replacement keyboard.  Anyway, I am aware that many readers of this website fit the requested criteria, and if you can help in this matter, please do get in touch so that I can pass your details on.  It might, however, be completely incongruous with your long service medal if you already work for BT though. Or even having a job this time next week.