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| Standard Number:||1910.23; 1910.23(a)(2); 1910.27|
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|MEMORANDUM FOR:||REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS
|FROM:||RICHARD E. FAIRFAX, DIRECTOR
DIRECTORATE OF ENFORCEMENT PROGRAMS
|SUBJECT:||Guarding of Access Openings to Fixed Ladders|
Every ladderway floor opening or platform shall be guarded by a standard railing with standard toeboard on all exposed sides (except at entrance to opening), with the passage through the railing either provided with a swinging gate or so offset that a person cannot walk directly into the opening.This paragraph applies to ladders that extend to another working surface, even if the ladder attaches to the edge of the working surface or the platform, since the opening at the ladder access point is also a floor opening. It also applies to floor openings in runways and catwalks. All ladderway floor openings or platforms must be protected by a standard railing except at the entrance to the opening. The passage through the railing, however, must be protected by a swinging gate or offset so that a person cannot walk directly into the opening.
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