6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
10-6.1.5 Remove all signs from a pole before any worker climbs or does any work
above them on a pole. It is not desirable to have signs on poles, but some signs, such
as street signs, may be necessary. If street signs are removed, they must be replaced
as soon as possible after work is completed.
10-6.1.6 Climb on the high side of a raked or leaning pole, if possible, but do not climb
on the side where the ground wire is attached. Avoid grasping pins, brackets,
crossarms, braces, or other attachments that might pull lose and cause a fall.
10-6.1.7 Never slide down any type of pole or any guy wire. If it is impossible to use
climbers for ascending and descending such places, ladders or other means must be
10-6.1.8 Do not ride overhead guys or cables. (This is not intended to apply to cables
installed for river crossings or otherwise designed to support workers in suitable
10-6.1.9 If more than one worker needs to work on the pole at the same time, the first
worker must reach working position before the next worker leaves the ground.
Ordinarily, no worker must work directly under another worker on the same pole. When
this is necessary, take extreme care to prevent tools or other objects from being
dropped on the worker below.
10-6.1.10 Minimize the number of tools carried in tool belts. Keep all other tools on the
ground until they are required. Needed tools must be raised and lowered by means of a
canvas bucket attached to a handline.
10-6.1.11 When carrying a handline up a pole, leave the handline uncoiled with one end
attached to the rear of the body belt or harness. When climbing with a handline, take
care to prevent the handline from fouling on any pole attachments.
10-6.1.12 Wear appropriately rated arc flash personal protective equipment as specified
in Table 4-1.
10-6.1.13 Discontinue work during adverse weather conditions such as thunderstorms,
rain, high winds, and icy conditions. In bad weather, do not climb poles except for
Wooden Pole Climbing Precautions.
10-6.2.1 Seat gaffs securely. Be especially vigilant when the pole is ice or sleet
10-6.2.2 Use pole steps whenever they are available, but only after checking that they
can be used safely.