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• Standard Number: 1926.451; 1926.500

March 22, 1978

Jerre Harris
Vice President
Donald Harris, Inc.
Masonry Contractor
420 Greentree Road
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15220

Dear Mr. Harris:

This is in response to your letter dated February 23, 1978, concerning the construction standards requirements for toeboards.

It is the intent of 29 CFR 1926.451(a)(6) to require a screen between the toeboard and the guardrail in situations only where employees are required to work or pass under the temporary elevated platform and its supporting structure. Employees working near the scaffold but not required to work or pass under the scaffold are normally protected from falls of materials by the toeboard as required by 29 CFR 1926.451(2)(5). Where material on the scaffold platform is piled to such height that a standard toeboard does not not provide protection, paneling or screening from floor to intermediate rail or to top rail shall be provided as indicated in 29 CFR 1926.500(f)(3)(ii).

If I may be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact me.


John K. Barto, Chief
Division of Occupational Safety Programming

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