SECTION 4.. LIVE-LINE BAREHAND MAINTENANCE
4.1.1 Clearances and Supervision. Before using the barehand technique of
performing work directly on energized high-voltage conductors or parts, a check
shall be made of: (1) the voltage rating of the circuit on which the work is proposed,
(2) the distances from energized parts to ground and to other energized phases, and
(3) the voltage limitations of the personnel-support equipment intended to be used.
Only equipment designed, tested, and approved for live-line barehand work shall be
used. All work shall be personally supervised by a regular crew foreman or a
supervisor trained and certified to perform this work.
4.1.2 Hot Line Order. A Hot line Order shall be obtained before working on any
energized line or equipment.
4.1.3 Instruction and Certification. Workmen using the barehand technique shall be
certified in writing, by a qualified certifying official designated by the project manager
or regional director, that they have:
a. Satisfactorily completed an 80-hour basic training course of instruction and
practice with one or more accepted types of personnel-support equipment.
b. Been examined at least annually to test their knowledge of barehand rules and
procedures and their ability to safely perform barehand work, including the control and
positioning of personnel-support equipment being used.
c. Successfully passed an annual physical examination and demonstrated their
physical fitness to perform barehand work.
4.1.4 Supervisory Responsibility. The foreman or supervisor must know the
operating capabilities of each member of his or her crew and maintain continuous
surveillance over the physical and mental condition of each member of the crew. No
person shall be allowed to work as a crew member if that person is suspected of
being in such a physical or mental state as to jeopardize the safe operation of the
crew or equipment. The designated crew foreman or supervisor shall be responsible
to ensure that detailed plans are worked out in advance, using "as-built" drawings or
actual measurements, to determine the location of all grounded and energized parts
in the vicinity of the proposed work. Safe distances
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