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| Standard Number:||1926.500(b) ; 1926.501(b)(1); 1926.501(b)(4)(i); 1926.501(b)(4)(ii); 1926.502(b)|
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Each employee on a walking/working 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.Section 1926.501(b)(4)(i) states: Each employee on walking/working surfaces shall be protected from falling through
holes (including skylights) more than 6 feet (1.8 m) above lower levels, by personal fall arrest systems, covers, or guardrail systems erected around such holes. [Emphasis Added.]Section 1926.501(b)(4)(ii) states:
Each employee on a walking/working surface shall be protected from tripping in or stepping into or through holes (including skylights) by covers.In §1926.500(b), "hole" is defined as:
a gap or void 2 inches or more in its least dimension, in a floor, roof, or other walking/working surface.The standard does not set a maximum dimension for a depression to be considered a "hole." Whether a depression is considered a hole or an unprotected side/edge is relevant where the depth of the depression is less than 6 feet. In that case, if it is a "hole," employees must be protected from the tripping/stepping into hazard.
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