6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
Table 10-2. In-Use Check of Pole Climber Gaffs
Initial placement. Place the climber on the leg, holding the sleeve with the hand,
palm facing the pole. With the leg at about a 30 degree angle to the pole and
the foot about 12 in (305 mm) off the ground, lightly jab the gaff into the pole to
a distance of approximately 1/4 in (6 mm).
Intermediate action. Keeping enough pressure on the stirrup to keep the gaff in
the pole but not so much as to cause the gaff to penetrate any deeper, push
the climber and the hand toward the pole by moving the knee until the strap
loop of the sleeve is against the pole.
Full pressure. Making certain that the strap loop is held against the pole with
pressure from the leg, gradually exert full pressure of the foot straight down on
the stirrup without raising the other foot off the ground (to maintain balance if
the gaff does not hold).
10-5.2.9 To protect the gaffs, use gaff guards when climbers are not being used. They
must also be used when other tools and materials are stored or transported along with
Note: Climbers must never be stored or transported without appropriate gaff guards.
10-5.2.10 Do not wear climbers when:
Working on the ground.
Traveling to and from a job.
Walking through underbrush or rough terrain
Riding in motor vehicles.
Concrete and Steel Pole Climbing.
10-5.3.1 OSHA standards (29 CFR 1910 and 1926) require fall protection for certain
working heights. Acceptable fall protection includes the use of standard railings and
toeboards, floor opening covers, or a personal fall arrest system. A body belt is no
longer acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system.
10-184.108.40.206 Fall protection is required for operations and maintenance activities when
personnel are required to work at a height of 4 ft (1.2 m) or more above ground or the
next lower level. For construction activities workers must be protected from falls when