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| Standard Number:||1926.1053(a)(19) ; 1926.1053(a)(19)(i) ; 1926.1053(a)(19)(ii) ; 1926.1053(a)(19)(iii) ; 1926.1050(b)|
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Where the total length of a climb equals or exceeds 24 feet (7.3 m), fixed ladders shall be equipped with one of the following:This paragraph allows employers to choose among these methods of ensuring employees will be able to safely complete an ascent/descent of 24 or more feet on a fixed ladder. The method specified in §1926.1053(a)(19)(ii) requires the use of both rest platforms at intervals no greater than 150 feet and a self-retracting lifeline.
(i) Ladder safety devices; or
(ii) Self-retracting lifelines, and rest platforms at intervals not to exceed 150 feet (45.7 m); or
(iii) A cage or well, and multiple ladder sections, each ladder section not to exceed 50 feet (15.2 m) in length. Ladder sections shall be offset from adjacent sections, and landing platforms shall be provided at maximum intervals of 50 feet (15.2 m).
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