OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at https://www.osha.gov.

March 22, 1976

Mr. A. L. Wilson
Assistant Corporate Safety Manager
General Office
Caterpillar Tractor Company
Peoria, Illinois 61629

Dear Mr. Wilson:

This is in response to your letter dated February 11, 1976, which requests an interpretation of 29 CFR 1910.67(c)(2)(v).

A review of the subject Occupational Safety and Health standards 29 CFR 1910.67(c)(2)(iv) and (v) has been completed by the Division of Occupational Safety Programming. The use of the word from, as used in the regulation, does not imply the employee is exempt from wearing a safety belt while working from a basket.

A review of both general industry and the construction standards support this interpretation by stating:

"Employees shall always stand firmly on the floor of the basket and shall not sit or climb on the edge of the basket or use planks, ladders or other devices for a work position."

Thank you for your interest in occupational safety. If I can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact me.


John K. Barto, Chief
Division of Occupational Safety Programming