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| Standard Number:||1926.501(b)(4); 1926.501(b)(4)(i); 1926.502(i); 1926.502(i)(2); 1926.754(e)(3)(i); 1926.754(e)(3)(iv); 1926 Subpart M|
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Holes.When a cover is used to meet this requirement, it must conform to the criteria in Section 1926.502(i). One of those requirements is in 1926.502(i)(2), which states:
(i) 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).
. . . [C]overs shall be capable of supporting, without failure, at least twice the weight of employees, equipment, and materials that may be imposed on the cover at any one time.Under these provisions, employees must be protected with personal fall arrest systems, covers that meet the criteria in 1926.502(i), or guardrails. However, if the skylight itself meets the cover criteria in 1926.502(i)(2), as a matter of enforcement policy, OSHA will treat the skylight itself as a cover.2
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