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Thread: Line sets, ladders, and OSHA
08-30-2011, 06:56 PM #1Professional Member
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Line sets, ladders, and OSHA
Was hemming and hawing over whether to put this here or in the legal section, but here goes.
I install alot of residential Mitsubishi mini splits, so obviously we generally run line hide up to the second story regularly. I'm sure you guys know it doesn't take long to poke out a line set, screw up some linehide, and run the line down.
So the wrinkle is that (as I just found out) we're not allowed to "work" off of a ladder over 6 foot without a fall restraint system. We're allowed to climb whatever length ladder we want to access a "compliant" work platform, but not work off of one. I'm not a huge fan of ladders, but I do find this a bit ridiculous, and the owner really wants us to be OSHA compliant in every way and if nothing else, is primarily concerned with worker safety (I'm not complaining).
Man lifts? on peoples lawns sloping away from the foundation? Not practical, and scaffolding?! Forget it, that would easily add day or days of work depending on the house and how many systems we're running all over the place.
I'd love any suggestions, I'm sure someone has run into this problem before in an effort to maintain OSHA compliant. I've been googling but not having much luck, I'd love to be able to bring him in a solution. Thanks!