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| Standard Number:||1926.451(e)(1); 1926.451(c)(2)(iii); 1926.450(b)|
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When scaffold platforms are more than 2 feet (0.6 m) above or below a point of access, portable ladders, hook-on ladders, attachable ladders, stair towers (scaffold stairways/towers), stairway-type ladders (such as ladder stands), ramps, walkways, integral prefabricated scaffold access, or direct access from another scaffold, structure, personnel hoist, or similar surface shall be used. Cross-braces shall not be used as a means of access.For the situation you described, the deck inside the scaffold uprights provides the access point to the side-bracket platform. Since the vertical distance between these two levels exceeds 2 feet (24 inches), then you must provide one of the means of access described in §1926.451(e)(1).
Items whose strength, configuration, or lack of stability may allow them to become dislocated and shift and therefore may not properly support the loads imposed on them. Unstable objects do not constitute safe base support for scaffolds, platforms, or employees. Examples include, but are not limited to, barrels, boxes, loose brick, and concrete blocks.Loose bricks and concrete blocks are unstable objects.
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