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| Standard Number:||1926.651; 1926.651(c)(2)|
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(c) Access and egress--The photographs included in your letter indicate that workers are using aluminum forms as a means of egress from trench excavations in two different manners. In the first method, the workers lean the form against the sloped side of the trench and climb up the stiffeners and step out onto the bank. In the second, the workers ascend an assembled (vertical) form, place one foot on the opposite side of the trench (the bank), and then subsequently step across with the other foot; these are pictured below:
(2) Means of egress from trench excavations. A stairway, ladder, ramp or other safe means of egress shall be located in trench excavations that are 4 feet (1.22 m) or more in depth so as to require no more than 25 feet (7.62 m) of lateral travel for employees.
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