6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
10-15.2.2 Brush must not be piled on sidewalks, or left on streets and highways
10-15.3.1 Raise and lower tools with a handline.
10-15.3.2 Use only saws and pruning knives or shears for cutting limbs.
10-15.3.3 Do not carry unnecessary tools up the tree.
10-15.3.4 Do not hang or store tools on tree limbs.
Work Near Energized Lines.
10-15.4.1 Be aware that lines may not always be deenergized for tree trimming
operations. Review the rules for live line safety, and for climbing and working on a pole.
Especially be aware of the energized lines in the area and the relevant dangers.
10-15.4.2 Workers in trees must use harnesses/belts and safety straps.
10-15.4.3 When working near energized lines, arrange the safety line so that a slip or
fall will carry you away from the energized lines.
Climbing and Working on Trees.
10-15.5.1 Climbing trees must be avoided unless ladders or aerial lifts cannot provide
the necessary access.
10-15.5.2 Workers in trees must be careful to prevent contact with aerial electric and
telephone wires passing through the trees.
10-15.5.3 If climbers are used, make sure they are tree climbers approved for the bark
thickness of the tree being climbed. Never use pole climbers.
10-15.5.4 Use a harness, and safety strap or lifeline. Place the strap around a tree limb
of sufficient size to hold the worker's weight, but never around the tree limb being cut.
10-15.5.5 Do not stand on tree limbs too small to support your weight. Extreme care
must be exercised when working in trees that have brittle wood.
10-15.5.6 Check each tree for dead or broken tree limbs when climbing. Remove
unsound tree limbs during the climb. Lower cut-off tree limbs with a rope because
falling tree limbs can cause injury or property damage.