6 December 2006
Including change 1, 7 December 2006
14-3.5.1 This method depends on the use of a manhole guard. Therefore, you must
use a manhole guard anytime manhole work is done. Install a winch on the top of the
guard. Use the rescue rope or retractable lanyard only if a rescue is needed.
14-3.5.2 If two rescuers are available, tie a rope around the rescuer entering the
manhole. This is a safety precaution in case the rescuer collapses upon entering the
14-3.5.3 After entering the manhole, wrap the rope around the victim with a bowline
knot in front of the victim (similar to Figure 14-3, except place the bowline knot in front of
the victim). This allows the head to lean back, keeping the air passage open.
14-3.5.4 Use the windlass to raise the victim until the victim's buttocks clear the
14-3.5.5 Position the victim with the victim's back toward the opening of the manhole
14-3.5.6 Tip the manhole guard so the victim is lying face up.
14-3.5.7 Commence CPR, if necessary, and continue until relieved by EMS personnel.
The Two-Worker Manual Rescue method is usually the fastest if a second
worker is available. It might be the only feasible method if a windlass system was not
14-3.6.1 The rescuers must have two ropes. One must be tied around the rescuer
entering the manhole. This is a safety precaution in case the rescuer collapses upon
entering the manhole. The second rope is tied around the victim as shown in Figure 14-
3. The two rescuers work together to lift and push the victim out of the manhole.
14-3.6.2 The rescue rope must be at least 1/2 in (12.7 mm) in diameter. The length of
the rescue rope must be at least the depth of the manhole plus 15 ft (4.6 m).
14-3.6.3 Once the victim is out of the manhole, lay the victim face up. Commence
CPR, if necessary, and continue until relieved by EMS personnel.
RESCUE FROM AN AERIAL LIFT (BUCKET TRUCK). A rescue from an
aerial lift (bucket truck) becomes necessary when workers are exposed to overhead
electrical hazards, are otherwise injured or equipment malfunctions. When employees
are exposed to electrical hazards or otherwise injured, rescue time is critical.
Employees qualified and trained to operate aerial lifts (bucket trucks) and
assistants/ground control personnel shall be trained annually in rescue techniques.
This training may be through locally developed standard operating procedures,