>From another reflector:
All joking aside, if anyone is really interested, the proper term is
GIN POLE. GIN as in enGINe comes from Middle English and refers to
any mechanical device that transfers energy into movement. The
term "gin pole" refers to a device used to lift or hoist heavy
loads and has been used in numerous industries such as fishing,
mining, construction of buildings, walls, etc.
The gin pole we are all familiar with is one derived mostly from
those used in mining. This piece of equipment is designed to be
mounted vertically and used to lift heavy objects straight up and
swiveled into position for stacking purposes.
The gin pole is one of the safest and most useful pieces of
equipment available for stacking towers and mounting heavy loads on
tower tops as long as the device is handled properly. Unfortunately
it is also one of the most fequently misused and therefore most
dangerous pieces of equipment in our industry.
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