Pole climbers may not be used if the gaffs are less than 1 1/4 inches in length as measured on the underside of the gaff. The gaffs of pole climbers shall be covered with safety caps when not being used for their intended use.
Pole climbers shall be inspected as required in this paragraph (g)(3) before each day's use and a gaff cut-out test performed at least weekly when in use.
Pole climbers may not be worn when:
Working in trees (specifically designed tree climbers shall be used for tree climbing),
Working on ladders,
Working in an aerial lift,
Driving a vehicle, nor
Walking on rocky, hard, frozen, brushy or hilly terrain.
The employer shall ensure that pole climbers are inspected by a competent person for the following conditions: Fractured or cracked gaffs or leg irons, loose or dull gaffs, broken straps or buckles. If any of these conditions exist, the defect shall be corrected before the climbers are used.