The purpose of this standard is to provide guidance, work methods, and equipment specifications to protect employees covered under the standard from being injured by falls and provide emphasis to encourage further development in equipment, work methods, and training related to fall protection programs used for electric utility Transmission and Distribution work. This document is intended to enhance other national, state, and local regulations and to add specific requirements applicable to the utility industry. These specific requirements are not intended to replace their respective regulations.This standard provides requirements for a fall protection program for transmission and distribution structures and equipment. The requirements covered under this standard are based on sound engineering principles, engineering safety considerations, and research into the tools, methods, practices, and training provided to and by electric power workers. It does not include work in vaults, manholes, or other confined spaces. Requirements regarding stairways and scaffolding of all types are not considered in this standard.
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