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I would like to know how Fleet Maintenance shops are dealing with the OSHA fall protection rules while working on items such as line trucks and buckets? We use the platformed ladders on exteriors and scaffolding in certain applications. But when working within the Belly of the unit or on booms it is very difficult to tie off and not create more hazards trying to use harness' with lanyards that would allow you make contact with the floor before becoming useful. Also while trying to keep air space above the units so you can use this area for mobilizing boom functions for diagnosis, service, and repairs.

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I'm not sure of the specific OSHA fall protection rule that you're referencing? Could you state that regulation for fall protection needed when working on this equipment so that I and other memebers can see it. I have not heard of this specific regulation you've mentioned.

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There is a reg (and I dont have it in front of me right now so I can not site the #) that states that we have to protect anyone from falling from a height of 6' or 8' or more. - A raised platform like the side of our bodys meet that requirement. I know that there was atleast one organization that was sited by OSHA but I am not sure how it was resolved. OSHA also recognizes that if the fall protection or for that matter any safety devise creates more of a hazard then the hazard it self (which in the case of tieing off on a boom or body deck) them we have to come up with something else. I have looked at multiple products but can not find one that works in our applications

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"There is a reg (and I dont have it in front of me right now so I can not site the #) that states that we have to protect anyone from falling from a height of 6' or 8' or more. - A raised platform like the side of our bodys meet that requirement. I know that there was atleast one organization that was sited by OSHA but I am not sure how it was resolved. OSHA also recognizes that if the fall protection or for that matter any safety devise creates more of a hazard then the hazard it self (which in the case of tieing off on a boom or body deck) them we have to come up with something else. I have looked at multiple products but can not find one that works in our applications."

Yes, Please let us see this reg if you get time. I was under the impression that there were no regs on this? Please share if you have something. Thanks.

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"Yes, Please let us see this reg if you get time. I was under the impression that there were no regs on this? Please share if you have something. Thanks."

Go here for a starting point: OSHA

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"Go here for a startin point: OSHA"

Thanks but none of these seem to be specific to the actual mechanic working on the machine and or aerial device? Lots of reading but nothing that indicates a regulation for us? Please let me know if anyone has more information or if I am missing something?
Thanks.

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As I said that it is a starting point, (most on the OSHA opinions to the industry you keep on drilling and will find out as I did that probably the rest of my career will not be enought time to reach to the end!) needs a lot of reading time as you drill down. Our decision was based on the opinion of our internal Corporate OSHA specialist based on the regulation not showing any exception to the required use of fall restrain devices as soon as the unit is raised above 10' and the person is in aerial bucket platform regardless of functional or maintenance task. OSHA is not always as clear and specific as we hope they would be...

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"As I said that it is a starting point, (most on the OSHA opinions to the industry you keep on drilling and will find out as I did that probably the rest of my career will not be enought time to reach to the end!) needs a lot of reading time as you drill down. Our decision was based on the opinion of our internal Corporate OSHA specialist based on the regulation not showing any exception to the required use of fall restrain devices as soon as the unit is raised above 10' and the person is in aerial bucket platform regardless of functional or maintenance task. OSHA is not always as clear and specific as we hope they would be..."

Ok.....I understand what you are saying, but what about the actual function of inspecting these trucks and or repairing these trucks in a shop? Not "riding" or excercising the boom but just climbing on the trucks doing inspections and or general maintenance to the boom? That is what I am hung up on. I realize that there is a lot of reading and we may never find anything like this in there, but thought someone may have some insite or personal experience on this. Thanks,.

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I am responding on behalf of jdguadalupe, who wrote:

"I clearly understand yet the maintenance provision in latest review became blurred and the only thing that our safety and paralegals saw as possibility is that as long as you remain under 10 ft. there is no need to wear anything. Our techs complain at the beginning but one we sold to them that weather they were repairing or operating the unit if they fell from 10ft or higher severe injury up to the possibility of death was the same they bought into it… Actually we have some of our shops marked on the walls at the 10ft line and our techs know not to go above that line without harness!

It seems to work and address what you just mention as we all agree for general maintenance below 10ft the use of the harness by maintenance personnel might actually create a dangerous condition higher than the risk of the fall, which is one of those well hidden notes in the rules we find in OSHA and seems to remain consistent in commentaries and answers to the industry as well as court cases."

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Thanks