Do not rely on the click of the snap-hook keeper as
evidence of a sure connection.
d. Do not attach the safety strap to a ladder unless the ladder is secured against falling.
e. Do not attempt to lengthen safety straps with rope or wires.
f. Do not use the safety strap or body belt to lift or pull objects.
g. Store strap and belt away from contact with sharp objects and heat.
Use of climbers. Observe the following precautions in the use of climbers:
a. Be sure the climbers are the proper size.
b. Inspect climbers often. Replace worn straps and correct any defects that may have
developed. Do not use rope or wire as strap material.
c. Remove climbers when not engaged in continuous pole-climbing activities. Do not wear
climbers while performing any work where they are not required.
d. Keep the gaffs (spurs) properly sharpened ad in the same condition on each climber. Do not
use climbers with loose gaffs.
e. Use care to avoid gaffing yourself or others.
f. Never use climbers as levers or pliers.
Climbing poles. Observe the following precautions when climbing poles:
a. Before climbing the pole, inspect the climbers, body belt, and safety strap. Be sure they are
in good condition.
b. Make certain the pole is strong enough to support your weight or that suitable supports have
been placed before climbing the pole.
c. Climb the high side of the pole whenever possible. This is the area which is the outside of
the sweep or the outside angle of a pole set at a slant.
d. Avoid ground wires and cracks, splits, knots, and hard spots in the pole.