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| Standard Number:||1926.602; 1926.602(a); 1926.602(a)(9); 1926.602(a)(9)(ii)|
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§1926.602 Material handling equipment.A discriminating alarm as described above would fulfill the requirements of 1926.602(a)(9)(ii) as long as the alarm was consistently effective in detecting any employee who is in the path of the equipment and alerting the employee of the backing-up of the equipment. As noted in our letter entitled "Alternatives to common back-up alarms on construction motor vehicles; use of other effective technology or observers/signal persons," dated September 27, 2004, alternatives to conventional back-up alarms may be used so long as they "provide 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." A discriminating alarm that detected such employees and gave warning to them in time to avoid contact with the vehicle would therefore meet the requirements of the standard.
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(a) Earthmoving equipment; General.
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(9) Audible alarms.
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(ii) 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.
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