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| Standard Number:||1926.500; 1926.500(a)(2)(vii) ; 1926.500(b) ; 1926.501; 1926.501(b)(1); 1926.1050; 1926.1052; 1926.1053; 1926.1060|
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Any surface, whether horizontal or vertical on which an employee walks or works, including, but not limited to, floors, roofs, ramps, bridges, runways, formwork and concrete reinforcing steel but not ladders, vehicles or trailers on which employees must be located in order to perform their duties.The 10' x 10' top surface of the equipment and the roof the structure that is inside the large building both meet this definition and would be considered a walking/working surface. The requirements of Subpart M would apply to a worker who is on those surfaces.
Unprotected sides and edges. Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.Since these surfaces are at or over 6 feet above the next lowest level, fall protection is required while the worker is on those surfaces. Fall protection can be accomplished by using guardrails, a personal fall arrest system, a fall restraint device, or safety net system.
Requirements relating to fall protection for employees working on stairways and ladders are provided in Subpart X....Subpart X (29 CFR 1926.1050 et seq.) does not require fall protection for a worker on a portable ladder. Therefore, no additional fall protection is required while the worker is on the ladder. The fact that the ladder is on either of the surfaces you describe, rather than on the ground, does not alter this conclusion.
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