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This section (§1926.1000) applies to the following types of material handling equipment: all rubber-tired, self-propelled scrapers, rubber-tired front-end loaders, rubber-tired dozers, wheel-type agricultural and industrial tractors, crawler tractors, crawler-type loaders, and motor graders, with and without attachments, that are used in construction work. This requirement does not apply to sideboom pipelaying tractors.
EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURED ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 1972
Material handling machinery described above and manufactured on or after September 1, 1972, shall be equipped with ROPS which meet the minimum performance standards prescribed in §1926.1001 and 1926.1002, as applicable.
EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 1972
All material handling equipment described above and manufactured or placed in service (owned or operated by the employer) prior to September 1, 1972, shall be fitted with ROPS which meet the minimum performance criteria detailed in §1926.1001 and 1926.1002, as applicable or shall be designed, fabricated and installed in a manner which will support, based on the ultimate strength of the metal, at least two times the weight of the prime mover applied at the point of contact.
ROPS removed for any reason, shall be remounted with equal quality, or better, bolts or welding as required for the original mounting.
Each ROPS shall have the following information permanently affixed to the structure:
MACHINES MEETING CERTAIN EXISTING GOVERNMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Any machine in use, equipped with ROPS, shall be deemed in compliance with this section if it meets the ROPS requirements of the State of California, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior in effect on April 5, 1972. The requirements in effect are:
Note: This Subpart W also includes the following sections that prescribe performance criteria for various ROPS:
The reader is encouraged to refer to these sections for detailed information.