6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
Table 14-1. Method for Lowering a Victim
1. Place a handline on the crossarm, preferably 2 or 3 ft (0.6 to 0.9 m) from the pole.
2. With only one rescuer, it is necessary to add friction to the handline to control the
rate of descent of the victim. This may be done by making two full wraps of the
handline around the crossarm or other solid support before tying the handline to
3. Pass the handline under the victim's armpits.
4. Tie three half-hitches in the handline.
5. Cinch the handline tightly around the victim.
6. Remove the slack in the handline.
7. Cut the victim's safety strap.
8. With one rescuer, lower the victim by guiding the load line with one hand and
controlling the rate of descent with the other hand.
9. With two rescuers, the worker on the ground should make one full wrap of the
handline around the base of the pole to add sufficient friction to control the rate of
descent of the victim.
14-2.3.3 If not already done, summon help by whatever means are available without
delaying the CPR. Commence CPR and continue until relieved by EMS personnel.
Figure 14-1. Unconscious Victim on a Pole