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Toolbox Talk: Break in Elevation

By August 11, 2020 May 17th, 2022 No Comments
Construction Company, Garco, Washington

What is a break in Elevation?

WAC 296-155-477 (1)(d) / OSHA 1926.1051(a)
When there is a break in elevation of 18 inches (19” for OSHA) or more and no ramp, runway, embankment or personnel hoist is available, employers must provide either a step, stairway or ladder at all worker points of access.


  • Situational Awareness
  • Designated access points
  • Guards rails
  • Ladders
  • Ramps
  • Stairs


  • Every 25 feet in any direction a means of access needs to be provided
  • Proper training on where the break in elevation occurs
  • Knowledge of where each point of access is and how to use it


Remember, safety is your best tool!

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