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Line Installers and Cable Splicers
In the installation of new telecommunications and electric power lines, workers use power-driven machinery to first dig holes and erect the poles or towers that are used to support the cables. (In some areas, lines must be buried underground, and in these cases installers use power-driven equipment to dig and to place the cables in underground conduits.) These line installers, also called outside plant technicians and construction line workers, climb the poles using metal rungs (or they use truck-mounted work platforms) and install the necessary equipment and cables. Once they have built the infrastructure, line installers string cable along towers and poles or underground through tunnels and trenches. In some cases, installers must attach other wires to the customer's premises in order to connect the customer with the outside line.