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| Standard Number:||1926.502; 1926.502(d)(15)(i); 1926.502(d)(15)(ii); 1926.502(d)(15); 1926.750(a); 1926.750(b)(1); 1926.750(b)(2); 1926.751; 1926.753(c)(5); 1926.757(a)(4); 1926.757(e)(4); 1926.760(c); 1926.760(d)(2)|
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"a controlled decking zone may be established in that area of the structure over 15 and up to 30 feet above a lower level where metal decking is initially being installed and forms the leading edge of a work area..." [Emphasis added]The controlled decking zone option was designed specifically for the initial installation of metal decking. The removal of deteriorated decking involves hazards that are not addressed in the controlled decking zone provision (for example, the fall hazards encountered when cutting decking and/or removing welds or fasteners). Therefore, the controlled decking zone exception does not apply to this deck removal work; conventional fall protection must be used.
Fall arrest system components shall be used in fall restraint systems and shall conform to the criteria in §1926.502 (see appendix G to this subpart). Either body belts or body harnesses shall be used in fall restraint systems.Therefore, when using a fall restraint system to protect against fall hazards while doing work covered by Subpart R, the anchorage must meet the same requirements as those that apply to fall arrest system anchors. Those requirements are in §1926.502(d)(15), which states:
Anchorages used for attachment of personal fall arrest equipment shall be independent of any anchorage being used to support or suspend platforms and are capable of supporting at least 5000 pounds (22.2 kN) per employee attached, or shall be designed, installed, and used as follows: (i) as part of a complete personal fall arrest system which maintains a safety factor of two; and (ii) under the supervision of a qualified person.Question (2)(b): When doing work covered by 29 CFR Part 1926 Subpart M, what are the requirements for anchorages used for restraint systems?
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