OVERHEAD LINES AND ASSOCIATED ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS
Pole Linework Environment. Comply with the requirements of OSHA standard
29 CFR 1926(q) "Overhead Lines." The majority of the work will be done in an elevated position
above ground level. Climbing aerial line structures such as poles may be required. Situations
with limited structure access can prevent use of an aerial lift bucket truck. The structure design
may not accommodate positive fall protection load requirements. Only workers who meet
"Qualified Climber" requirements should be permitted to do work which requires climbing poles
or trees. Each facility should establish "qualified climber" requirements both for facility personnel
and for contract personnel. They should apply to all persons whose work involves climbing.
a. Physical fitness required for climbing should be documented not only by an annual
physical, but also be validated by supervisory observation.
b. Climbing duties should be a part of routine job activities, not an occasional occurrence.
c. A minimum of 2 years of documented climbing training should be completed.
Experience should include hazard recognition and hands-on-training incorporating appropriate
safe climbing practices and rescue training.
d. Demonstrated proficiency is required on structure types similar to those that are to be
climbed and should show that these structures have been climbed on a routine basis within the last
e. A worker in training may function as qualified only when working under the direct
supervision and observation of a "Qualified Climber."
Aerial lifts as defined in this handbook refer to electrically insulated
bucket trucks. Aerial lifts should be constructed to meet the requirements
of OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.67, Aerial Device. Provide aerial lift
safety as required by facility and OSHA safety practices.