OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 40 Utility Workers – Electrical

Explanation of Rules Referenced from the ECUC, Second Edition

Rule 4-042 Climbing

The employer is required to have procedures in place that describe how a worker determines if a pole, wooden structure or tree will safely support the worker’s weight. The employer is also required to have procedures that allow a worker to determine that elevated portions of structures used for supporting a pole, wooden structure or tree will safely support the worker’s weight.

As required by section 8 of the OHS Regulation, the procedures must be in writing and available to workers at the work site affected by the procedures. Subrules (1) and (3) require the worker to follow these procedures.

In general, an articulating boom truck is used to support the pole, wooden structure or tree. In cases where a boom truck cannot get into the area to provide support, ropes and guy wires may be used.

The removal of guy wires or conductors, or alternating tensions in them, can cause a standing pole or structure to become unstable. Workers must be aware of this and make sure that additional support is provided to poles and structures as necessary.