Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1910.269; 1910.269(l)(1)(i); 1910.269(l)(1)(ii); 1910.269(b)(1)(i)


September 16, 2003

Mr. Albert Yevchak
901 Alhambra Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44110

Dear Mr. Yevchak:

Thank you for your May 7 letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Directorate of Enforcement Programs. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation only of the requirements discussed and may not be applicable to any questions not delineated within your original correspondence. You had specific questions regarding electric power work conducted from bucket trucks. Your inquiry and our response follow.

Question: What are the laws or rules regarding an electrician, lineman, etc. using a bucket truck? Should he have a groundman in case of an emergency?

Response: OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.269 covers the operation of and maintenance work on electric power generation, transmission, and distribution lines and equipment, including such work performed in aerial lifts. See, for example, paragraphs: (g) Personal protective equipment; (k) Material handling and storage; (l) Working on or near exposed energized parts; and (p) Mechanical equipment. The electrical safety work practices contained in Section 1910.269 apply only to qualified employees (and, to a limited extent, line-clearance tree trimmers).
1 We assume that your question concerns work covered by 1910.269.

Paragraph 1910.269(l)(1)(i) requires that at least two employees be present during:
(A) Installation, removal, or repair of lines energized at more than 600 volts;