6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
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 5 years.
A worker in training may function as qualified only when working under the
direct supervision and observation of a "Qualified Climber."
POLE HANDLING OPERATIONS. Precautions are necessary in handling
poles safely. Poles are long, heavy, and treated with potentially hazardous pesticides
and preservatives. They pose hazards to the workers involved in installation and
dismantling operations. Additionally, mistreatment of poles during installation may
degrade their ability to meet service requirements, and could endanger those workers
who climb them.
General. The authorized individual-in-charge must either do it themselves or
assign a crew member to direct the handling of poles and give all signals when poles
are being lifted or handled. Poles must, whenever possible, be handled starting from
the top and the end of the stack. Workers must roll poles away from them using cant
hooks or bars. Poles must not be caught with cant hooks while in motion. Whenever
possible, carrying hooks must be used when carrying poles.
Pole Contact Precautions.
Creosote, which is applied to poles as a preservative, can cause skin
burns on contact. The following precautions must be taken to avoid burns:
10-2.2.1 Keep arms covered with long sleeved shirts when handling poles.
10-2.2.2 Always wear gloves.
10-2.2.3 Keep neck well covered with a collar or a handkerchief.
10-2.2.4 Keep trousers as long as practical to protect ankles.
10-2.2.5 Never rub eyes or wipe perspiration from face using hands or shirtsleeves
after they have been exposed to creosote.
10-2.2.6 Protect hands, arms, and face with a preparation made up of one part gum
acacia or gum tragacanth, and three parts lanolin where direct contact with creosote is
likely to occur. If this preparation cannot be obtained, acceptable protection can be
provided by petroleum jelly (such as VaselineTM). First aid treatment must be obtained
immediately when bare skin or eyes come in contact with creosote.