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New federal rules affect North Carolina utility workers

According to reports, the Obama Administration is addressing a common safety hazard through new rules that restrict electric utility workers from free climbing transmission towers. Most workers in jobs that require climbing must wear safety harnesses, but several electric utility companies allow free climbing. As an example, cellular tower workers have been required to use harnesses since the 1990s. It is not uncommon for utility workers to reach heights of 180 feet or more using step bolts.

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