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Subchapter 5. Electrical Safety Orders
Group 2. High-Voltage Electrical Safety Orders
Article 36. Work Procedures and Operating Procedures (Formerly Article 85)
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§2942. Tubular Steel Poles.

Tubular steel power line poles installed six months or more after the effective date of these orders shall meet the requirements of this section.

(a) All tubular steel pole structures shall be provided with access to the top of the structure, and the worker's vertical step distance shall be no greater than 18 inches. Where steps are the means of access, the lines of steps shall be located a maximum of 180 degrees apart and shall not exceed 20 inches of arc around the pole surface. Where removable pole steps are used they shall be secured in place when installed to avoid accidental dislodging. Steps and mounts shall be capable of supporting a 250 pound weight with a safety factor of 2.5 minimum.

(b) When Pole Steps are Used:

(1) Rest points at which workers may stand with both feet at the same level with provision for attaching a safety strap shall be provided at intervals not to exceed 20 feet.

(2) Belting-off loops (safety strap brackets) shall be installed on poles having a diameter exceeding 24 inches.

(c) Belting-off loops installed at rest points shall be permanently affixed to the pole in a vertical position. They shall be of such configuration as to permit easy attachment of a standard lineman's safety strap. They shall be capable of supporting a 250 pound weight with a safety factor of 2.5 minimum.

(d) Additional means shall be provided to permit movement over or around obstructions such as crossarms and post-type insulators.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. Amendment of subsection (b)(1) filed 9-5-79; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 79, No. 36).

2. Amendment filed 12-10-87; operative 1-9-88 (Register 88, No. 1).

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