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
- 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