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| Standard Number:||1926.601(b)(4); 1926.601(b)(4)(i); 1926.601(b)(4)(ii); 1926.602(a)(9)(ii)|
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No employer shall use any motor vehicle equipment having an obstructed view to the rear unless:Section 1926.602(a)(9)(ii) states:
- (i) The vehicle has a reverse signal alarm audible above the surrounding noise level or:
- (ii) The vehicle is backed up only when an observer signals that it is safe to do so.
No employer shall permit earthmoving or compacting equipment which has an obstructed view to the rear to be used in reverse gear unless the equipment has in operation a reverse signal alarm distinguishable from the surrounding noise level or an employee signals that it is safe to do so.These provisions, by their terms, do not specify that a reverse signal alarm be of the single-tone type. However, we have neither the data nor the resources to evaluate whether this particular device would be "audible above the surrounding noise level" as required by the standard. If it does meet this test -- that is, provides adequate warning to workers in the path of the vehicle, and to workers walking towards the path of the vehicle in time to avoid contact -- it would comply with §1926.601(b)(4).
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