Brief Description of Incident:
While loading poles onto a pole trailer the “S” hook butt end pulled through the “Flemish” eye and the pole fell approximately two feet on to the trailer. The “S” hook remained hooked on the hardline directly above the winch cable spring. No injuries were sustained. Upon further investigation it was identified that there had been other “S” hook failures within the company. Despite the widespread use of this equipment and the high potential for reoccurrence the company failed to communicate this risk to the work crews.