A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

1. TITLE 8:


CONSTRUCTION SAFETY ORDERS
Chapter 4, Subchapter 4, Article 25, Section 1676,
Job-Made Ladders

INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS


INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 1676. Job-Made Ladders.

Subsection (a)

Existing subsection (a) states that if a ladder provides the only means of access or exit from a working area for 25 or more employees, or simultaneous two-way traffic is expected, a double cleat ladder shall be installed. Existing Section 1676 contains the design and strength requirements for job-made ladders. The term cleats and rungs are used interchangeably in Section 1676 and essentially have the same meaning (crosspieces used as steps to ascend or descend a ladder). A "note" is proposed for subsection (a) that provides a definition of the word "cleats." The note is proposed for clarity and will have no effect upon the regulated public.

Subsection (b)

Existing subsection (b) contains the design and strength requirements for ladder side rails when made of wood. Language is relocated from subsection (l) that requires side rails to be "free from sharp edges and splinters." The proposed amendment will have no effect upon the regulated public as existing subsection (l), proposed for repeal, already contains the requirement that side rails be free from sharp edges and splinters.

Subsection (c)

Existing subsection (c) provides the design requirements for wooden ladder rungs. Amendments are proposed for subsection (c) to replace the word, "rungs" with the word, "cleats" for consistency. The term rungs and cleats have the same meaning. Therefore, the proposed amendments are editorial only for clarity and consistency having no effect upon the regulated public.

Subsection (l)

Existing subsection (l) contains the design requirements for wooden ladder side rails and rungs. Subsection (l) is proposed for repeal because nearly all of the requirements are duplicated in existing or proposed subsections (b) and (c). The requirement that side rails be "free from sharp edges and splinters" is proposed for relocation from subsection (l) to proposed subsection (b). The proposed amendments eliminate duplicative and/or conflicting regulations and therefore, will have no effect upon the regulated public.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

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