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.

1875–80 Unabridged
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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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Example sentences
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.
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