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| Standard Number:||1926.501(b)(14); 1926.502(b)(1); 1926.502(b)(3); 1926.502(b)(4)|
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Each employee working on, at, above, or near wall openings (including those with chutes attached) where the outside bottom edge of the wall opening is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above lower levels and the inside bottom edge of the wall opening is less than 39 inches (1.0 m) above the walking working surface, shall be protected from falling by the use of a guardrail system, a safety net system, or a personal fall arrest system.Section 1926.502(b)(3) states:
Guardrail systems shall be capable of withstanding, without failure, a force of at least 200 pounds applied within 2 inches of the top edge, in any outward or downward direction, at any point along the top edge.Section 1926.502(b)(4) sets out maximum deflection criteria.
42 inches, plus or minus 3 inches above the walking/working level. When conditions warrant, the height of the top edge may exceed the 45 inch height, provided the guardrail system meets all other criteria of this paragraph. [Emphasis added.]As described, the Super Brace extends 48 inches above the walking/working surface. Since this system provides a solid barrier from the floor up to the top of the system, (eliminating gaps such as exist when using toprails and midrails), "conditions warrant" a top height exceeding 45 inches. It therefore meets the requirements of §1926.502(b)(1).
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