saf-t said:When I get to work tomorrow I'm gonna check on that alleged OSHA permission for climbing without being tied off. I don't buy it. He does a pretty poor job of tying of when he does- that carabiner ought to be on the main steel, not the peg.....
Way f'n cool though- I'd love to have that view.
So should they have fall arrest or not? The first sentence says no but the third seems to say yes.saf-t said:Can't spend more time 'cause I'm doing training on lead exposure for 120 folks tomorrow, and am changing my presentation. But, from an OSHA interpretation letter:
OSHA has no standard that specifically requires fixed ladders to be installed on communication towers and, hence, no standard that requires ladder safety devices to be provided on communication towers without fixed ladders.
OSHA's safety and health standards for construction (29 CFR Part 1926) require fall protection for employees on communications towers (1926.105) where the fall distance exceeds 25 feet. Under the fixed ladder provisions [1926.1053(a)(18)], OSHA requires that fixed ladders be equipped with cages, wells, ladder safety devices or self-retracting lifelines. Please note that these requirements apply only for construction activities.
The safety and health standards for general industry (29 CFR Part 1910) contain fall protection requirements for non-construction work activities such as maintenance on communication towers. For example, workers must be protected from falling from communication towers under 1910.268. Section 1910.27 contains requirements for fixed ladders, such as ladder safety devices or cages.
I've seen lots of fixed ladders with cables running next to them, which are intended for use with rope grabs attached to the safety lanyard connected to a fall protection harness. Can't imagine what would prevent a similar scenario on these towers.
That's why people hire lawyers. Statutes and regulations may have some consistency when that are first written. But most of them are amended piecemeal over time. The end result is that many statutes and regulations have internal inconsistencies.Ejdo said:So should they have fall arrest or not? The first sentence says no but the third seems to say yes.