Climbing procedure and belting in
Climbing is an essential part of your job. In order to have your hands free to perform work up the pole, you must be able to belt in at the work position. Practice will help you become skilled in positioning yourself on a pole.
The safety strap is the first consideration. It must be carried on the body belt in the correct way. A right-handed person should carry the safety strap in the left D-ring. Snap the double (looped) end so the keeper will face outward nearest the body. The single end and the keeper will face inward farthest from the body. This will keep the strap from twisting. A left-handed person carries the safety strap the same way but on the right D-ring.
Make initial adjustments to the pole top rescue training, safety strap before climbing a pole. While belted in at the base of the pole, with your feet at equal heights, place your elbow against your stomach and raise your fist toward the pole. There should be 1 to 2 inches between your fist and the pole. With your elbow still against your stomach, extend your fingers. If your fingers do not touch the pole, your strap is too long and needs to be adjusted.
Position yourself so that both gaffs are firmly set into the pole. If you are right-handed, your left leg will be low and locked. Your right leg will be about 6 inches above your left leg in a comfortable position. Keep your knees and hips away from the pole top rescue training and unsnap the single end of the safety strap with your left hand while holding onto the pole with your right hand. Pass the single end around the pole to your right hand. Grasp the pole with your left hand and snap the keeper into the right D-ring with your right hand. Both keeper snaps will face outward when you are correctly strapped to the pole. The strap should lie flat against the pole. You can then place your body weight on the safety strap. Figure 12-1 shows the proper belt-in method.