A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

1. TITLE 8: CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ORDERS
Chapter 4, Subchapter 4, Article 22, Section 1644(a)
End Rail Materials for Metal Scaffolds
INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS

INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 1644. Metal Scaffolds.
Subsection (a)(6)

Subsection (a)(6) states that securely attached railings as provided by the scaffold manufacturer, or other equivalent material in strength to a standard 2-by 4-inch wood railing shall be installed on open sides and ends of work platforms 7 feet or more above grade. The subsection also sets forth the criteria when scaffolding "X" bracing can be used for a top or midrail section. The proposal adds an exception No. 2 which states that for end rail openings less than 3 feet, double wrapped iron wire at least No. 12 gauge or wire rope at least inch in diameter is permitted for when such materials are securely fastened.

The use of double wrapped iron wire or wire rope for end rail openings too small to install a standard size end rail section is a common industry practice. The proposal will have no effect upon the regulated public as it merely provides when it is acceptable to use such materials for scaffold end rail sections.