Question: Do automatically retractable rest platforms used with self-retracting lifelines meet OSHA standards?
Explanation: Section 1926.1053(a)(19) says that when workers climb higher than 24 feet, there must be fixed ladders, i.e., ladders that can’t be readily moved because they’re part of a building or structure. The fixed ladder must be equipped with one of three types of devices. One of the options is to use self-retracting lifelines and rest platforms at intervals no greater than 150 ft. The other 2 options are:
The standard doesn’t say if the rest platform must be fixed or retractable. So, either option is OK. Bottom Line: A retractable rest platform and self-retracting lifelines meets OSHA standards as long as the platform intervals aren’t over 150 ft. and the deployment/retraction mechanism is working.
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OSHA Interpretation Letter, Dec. 6, 2004.[fbcomments]