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boatswain's chair

a seat composed of a plank suspended in a horizontal position from ropes, used by painters and other persons who work on the exteriors of buildings, ships, etc., while seated at a considerable height.
Origin of boatswain's chair
1875-80 Unabridged
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  • He got into the boatswain's chair at the edge of the pit.
  • In this regard, employees must use a full body harness or boatswain's chair with a lifeline when entering from the top.
  • The tie-off type support would have to meet the requirements of a boatswain's chair or other single point adjustable scaffold.
  • Where these exceptions apply, the employee may be hoisted in either a personnel platform or a boatswain's chair.
  • They send ropes across, and then you get in this big boatswain's chair and the guys on the other ship tow you across.
British Dictionary definitions for boatswain's chair

boatswain's chair

(nautical) a seat consisting of a short flat board slung from ropes, used to support a person working on the side of a vessel or in its rigging
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