6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
working at a height of 6 ft (1.8 m) or more. An approved positioning device that limits a
fall to less than 2 ft (0.6 m) must be used when a worker needs to be supported on an
elevated vertical surface such as a wall or utility pole, and work with both hands free
10-220.127.116.11 A proper anchor point must be identified and evaluated by qualified
personnel before an appropriate system can be selected. OSHA regulations accept pad
eyes, bolt holes, and other sturdy structures capable of supporting 5,000 lb (2,200 kg)
per attached worker.
10-18.104.22.168 Positive systems have an anchor point independent of the support method, a
harness to hold the worker, and a connecting device between the anchor point and the
10-22.214.171.124 Harnesses must only be used for the personal protective purpose for which
they are designed. In addition to fall-arrest harnesses, there are fall-arrest/positioning,
fall-arrest/suspension, fall-arrest/retrieval, and retrieval/positioning harnesses.
10-126.96.36.199 Manufacturer's instructions in regard to height and weight must be followed
for sizing of the harnesses and their connecting devices, and for inspection and
maintenance of the complete systems. All equipment must be taken out of service and
inspected for damage after being subjected to a fall impact.
10-5.3.2 Workers authorized to climb must have a complete set of approved tools.
The number of tools carried in tool belts must be kept to a minimum. Tools must not be
carried in safety harnesses.
POLE CLIMBING AND WORK PRECAUTIONS. Only after a determination
of the pole's safety, the collection of necessary climbing equipment and work tools, and
obtaining assurance that the line is deenergized and grounded, or that hot-line work is
authorized to be carried out, can the worker start climbing. Protect hands and arms by
wearing gloves and long sleeve shirts. Refer to paragraph 10-4.2 for pole inspection
requirements before climbing.
General Pole Climbing Precautions.
10-6.1.1 Arrange tools and equipment to allow both hands to be free for climbing.
10-6.1.2 Do not stand on mailboxes, signs, fire alarm boxes, or similar equipment that
may be attached to the pole or located near it.
10-6.1.3 Do not race up and coast down poles.
10-6.1.4 Do not use safety straps while climbing, except when climbing over slippery
or ice-coated crossarms or timbers. Whenever the hands are apt to slip off, a safety
strap must be used. The use of rope safeties is prohibited.