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| Standard Number:||1926; 1926.500(a)(2)(vii) ; 1926; 1926.1053(b) ; 1926.1053(b)(3) ; 1926.1053(b)(4) ; 1926.1053(b)(13) ; 1926 Subpart M; 1926 Subpart X|
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* * * (3) Ladders shall not be loaded beyond the maximum intended load for which they were built, nor beyond their manufacturer's rated capacity. (4) Ladders shall be used only for the purpose for which they were designed.There are no OSHA construction standards that specifically prohibit an employee from working from a portable stepladder. However, the use of a portable ladder must comply with the Use requirements quoted above. If working from a portable stepladder was inconsistent with any of these provisions, such use would be prohibited. Because of the wide variety of circumstances and ladder designs, it is not possible for us to state, as a general matter, whether working from a portable ladder would be consistent or inconsistent with any of these provisions.
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(13) The top or top step of a stepladder shall not be used as a step. * * *
Requirements relating to fall protection for employees working on stairways and ladders are provided in Subpart X . . .There is no provision in Subpart X that requires fall protection for an employee while working from a portable stepladder. However, if the employee will be on a surface prior to ascending or upon exiting the ladder for which another Subpart in 1926 requires fall protection, then fall protection would be required at such times. General requirements for fall protection can be found at Subpart M of 29 CFR Part 1926, while requirements specific to a particular activity or equipment can be found at its applicable Subpart in 29 CFR Part 1926.
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