b. Use pole steps whenever they are available, but only after checking that they can be
c. Use the climbers carefully on the pole to avoid injury to another worker on the pole.
d. Every precaution should be taken to avoid weather cracks, checks, knots, shakes, rots,
and hard places, which might cause gaffs to cut out. Remove any tacks or nails which may
impede safe climbing.
7.8.3 Concrete/Steel Pole or Tower Climbing Precautions. Workers may be
required to climb concrete/steel poles with the same equipment as wood poles. Climbing towers
to work on obstruction lights, marker lights, and similar devices may be required. Before
climbing the situation should be surveyed to get a good idea of what work is to be done and
where the climbing will take place. Ice or wet weather conditions increase the hazards. Always
make sure that gloves and shoe soles are in good condition and free from grease or other
inhibitors. Rough cord sole shoe or boots are recommended. Careful inspection and attention
should be given to the safety harness's condition and positioning, as steel or concrete surfaces can
cause a harness to wear out or break due to cutting action. Climbing safety devices should be
used where installed.
The great majority of falls are due to slick work gloves or slick shoe soles.
7.8.4 General Pole Climbing Precautions. The pole climber will observe the
a. Both hands should be free for climbing.
b. The worker should not stand on mail boxes, signs, fire alarm boxes, or similar
equipment which may be attached to the pole or located near it.
c. Racing up and coasting down poles is positively prohibited.
d. Safety straps should not be attached to the pole while climbing or descending the pole
except in conditions of high winds or severely inclement weather when emergency work is
e. When climbing over slippery or ice-coated crossarms or timbers, where the hands are
apt to slip off, two safety straps should be used. The use of rope safeties is prohibited.