h. When two workers are in the bucket or buckets, one of them will be designated to
operate the controls. One worker will give all signals, which will be thoroughly understood by all
i. When two workers are working from the bucket, extreme care will be taken to avoid
one worker contacting poles, crossarms, or other grounded or live equipment while the second
worker is working on equipment at a different potential.
j. In no case will more than one energized conductor or phase be worked on at a time.
k. The aerial lift, including workers in the bucket and all tools and equipment will be
maintained at proper clearances from unprotected energized conductors. Safety requirements
governing the use of hot-line tools, rubber goods, personal protective equipment, and general safe
practices will also apply to work done from aerial buckets.
l. When using pneumatic or hydraulic tools in a bucket, the operator will be sure that
hoses or lines do not become entangled in the operational controls or contact adjacent energized
Bucket Safety Precautions
Safety will be maintained by observing daily the following requirements
before any work is done.
a. Remove water accumulation from the bucket. The bucket interior should be dry during
b. Wipe exposed insulation of bucket and boom clean with a dry cloth at the start of each
c. Inspect visible hydraulic hoses for chafing and then inspect hoses and fittings for leaks
with the system under pressure.
d. Inspect wire cables for frayed strands and secure attachment.
e. Inspect the bucket safety harness assembly for good condition.
f. Verify that the most recent dielectric test for the bucket and arm occurred within the
last 6 months.