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| Standard Number:||1926.450(b); 1926.451(b)(1); 1926.451(g)(1)(v)|
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Each employee on a walkway located within a scaffold shall be protected by a guardrail system (with minimum 200 pound toprail capacity) installed within 9½ inches (24.1 cm) of and along at least one side of the walkway. [Emphasis added.]Walkway is defined by §1926.450(b) as:
a portion of a scaffold platform used only for access and not as a work level.Thus, where an employer is using a walkway located in a scaffold exclusively as access and not as a work area, guardrails are only required on one side of the walkway.1
The requirements in paragraph (b)(1) to provide full planking or decking does not apply to platforms used solely as walkways or solely by employees performing scaffold erection or dismantling. In these situations, only planking that the employer establishes is necessary to provide safe working conditions is required.Therefore, walkways are not required to be fully planked. Employers must provide enough planking as necessary to make using the walkway safe for the employees.
If work activities other than access are performed on or from the walkway, then the platform is not considered to be a walkway * * * and other provisions of paragraph (g)(1), as appropriate, would apply.[ back to text ]
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