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Pole Climbing

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Program Description

This IHSA course is hands-on

This hands-on program is intended to provide participants with an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding of safe work practices when working on telecom or utility poles in proximity to energized electrical apparatuses. Participants will learn safe and proficient methods for performing this type of work. The program incudes both classroom and field work and is available in a one-day or two-day format.

Program Content

  • Interpretation of relevant regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Emergency Planning
  • Job Planning/Tailboard Talks
  • Personal Safety and Climbing Equipment
  • Pole Hazard Recognition
  • Pole Climbing Methods
  • Pole Top Rescue Practice
  • Electrical Safety Awareness (for two-day program only)
  • Temporary Support of Poles (for two-day program only)

Who Should Attend?

Personnel who climb wooden telecom or utility poles in the course of their work.


Personal Protective Equipment / What to Bring

Participants are required to bring their own CSA-approved head, eye, foot protection, work gloves, suitable clothing, all climbing equipment and hand tools (belt and spurs), and approved fall restrict system for climbing wood poles.

Attendees will not be permitted to participate in the course if they do not bring the noted personal protective equipment and clothing.


Learning Evaluation

Participant evaluation is based on hands-on demonstration as well as a written final learning evaluation at the completion of the course.

Price Per Participant at
IHSA Facility
Total Course Price at
Your Facility
Program Duration
1 - 2 Days
Member Fee
Member Fee
Max Participants
Non-member Fee
Non-member Fee

Call to Register

To inquire about possible dates and enrollment for this course, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-263-5024.


Session Details

City: Any
Region: Any

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