- Standard Number:1926.451(i)(8)
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September 11, 1978
Mr. Bill Ayers
Power Climber Inc.
P.O. Box 39759
Los Angeles, California 90039
Dear Mr. Ayers:
This is in response to your letter requesting a clarification of 29 CFR 1926.451(i)(8).
At the present time 29 CFR 1926.451(i)(8) requires each employee working on a two-point suspension scaffold to be protected by an approved safety like belt attached to a lifeline. The lifeline shall be securely attached to substantial members of the structure (not scaffold), or to securely rigged lines, which will safely suspend the employee in case of a fall.
As indicated in your correspondence, OSHA Program Directive #100-32 addresses multi-stage suspension scaffolds and employees working on the lower levels are not required to comply with 29 CFR 1926.451(i)(8). However, the directive also clarifies that it was not the intent of 29 CFR 1926.451(i)(8) to apply to a suspension scaffold having more than one platform.
The OSHA Office of Standards Development is aware of the desire to use a second wire rope on each powered scaffold hoist in lieu of the lifelines. A proposal regarding this type of suspension scaffold equipment will be published in the future. However, at the present time employers must comply with the existing regulations in 29 CFR 1926.451(i)(8).
If I may be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me.
John K. Barto, Chief
Division of Occupational