Steel poles and towers used for transmission lines come in a variety of shapes, sized, and designs. Experience and practice are necessary in order to climb these structures safely and efficiently. This training unit presents a basic overview of the tools and equipment, planning, and techniques necessary for climbing steel poles and towers.
This course will expose the student to proven safety techniques and practices for climbing steel poles and towers.
SUBJECTS AND OBJECTIVES
Climbing Equipment and Hazards
- List and explain some of the basic equipment used for climbing steel poles and towers.
- List and explain some of the typical hazards encountered on steel poles and towers.
Pre-Climb Planning and Inspection
- List and explain the purpose of the planning done at a tailgate session.
- List and explain some of the typical inspections made of equipment, tools, and structures prior to climbing.
- Describe basic techniques for ascending and descending lattice towers.
Climbing Steel Poles
- Demonstrate and explain some of the common techniques used for climbing steel poles.
Working from Steel Poles
- Demonstrate and explain the basic process for using a cable climbing belt to climb a specially equipped steel pole structure.
- Explain how ladders can be used to work from steel pole structures.
Working from Towers
- Demonstrate and explain some basic techniques for working from lattice tower structures