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Standard guardrails are preferred.
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During Use: Fall Protection
SWP 2. Use Standard Guardrails Where Appropriate
Standard guardrails are always preferable to personal fall protection systems.
A guardrail prevents falls from occurring, thereby reducing the potential for a worker to be injured if he or she is only protected by a personal fall arrest system by itself.
Whenever practical, use standard guardrails with rigid top and middle rails for all open sides of the staging when the fall distance to a lower level exceeds 5 feet [29 CFR Part 1915.71(j)(1)]. Where the use of guardrails is not possible, due to the structure of the vessel, fall protection must be used to protect workers [29 CFR Part 1915.71(j)(3)].