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30 CFR § 56.14103 Operators stations.
If we have windows in our light vehicles, heavy equipment or stationary equipment we need to ensure that they are not creating a hazard of obstruction or safety to the     operator. If something does then we need to down the equipment until it can be scheduled for repair.

                                     All employees Please read
(a) If windows are provided on operators' stations of self-propelled mobile equipment, the windows shall be made of safety glass or material with equivalent safety characteristics. The windows shall be maintained to provide visibility for safe operation.
(b) If damaged windows obscure visibility necessary for safe operation, or create a hazard to the equipment operator, the windows shall be replaced or removed. Damaged windows shall be replaced if absence of a window would expose the equipment operator to hazardous environmental conditions which would affect the ability of the equipment operator to safely operate the equipment.
(c) The operator's stations of self-propelled mobile equipment shall
(c)(1) Be free of materials that could create a hazard to persons by impairing the safe operation of the equipment; and
(c)(2) Not be modified, in a manner that obscures visibility necessary for safe operation.

New Stats -
30 CFR § 56.12019
Access to stationary electrical equipment or switchgear.

Where access is necessary, suitable clearance shall be provided at stationary electrical equipment or switchgear.


1.  We need to make sure that all access to electrical equipment and is maintained and open a good rule is keep 36 inches open for all access.

 2. Please make sure that we are not storing tools and other supplies in front of or blocking the equipment it is extremely important just in case someone needs to access this for emergency shut down for whatever reason

 3. When we are looking at the high voltage we need to stay out of the area unless trained to now the hazards and procedures to work in the area.


  See MSHA'S Program Policy Manual


56/57.12019 Suitable Clearance Around Stationary Electrical Equipment
This standard requires that where access is necessary, suitable clearance shall be provided at stationary electrical equipment or switch gear. The intention of this standard is to provide sufficient access and working space around such electrical equipment to insure worker safety and to avoid contact by persons with electrical components.

The standard is intended to apply to the many and varied situations that do or will exist on mine property. Among the general factors to be considered in determining "suitable clearance" are voltages and conductors (including size), insulation, guards, existing passage or working space, direction of access to electrical components, potential exposure to live or exposed electrical parts, and the grounding of live parts.

The current editions of the National Electrical Code and the National Electrical Safety Code may be used as guidance in determining "suitable clearance." The provisions of the National Electrical Code for safe work clearances around electrical equipment can be found in Article 110 ("Requirements for Electrical Installations") and Article 710 ("Over 600 Volts, Nominal, General"). Part 1 of the National Electrical Safety Code contains two sections that may be of assistance: Section 11 ("Protective Arrangements in Electrical Supply Stations") and Section 12 ("Protective Arrangements of Equipment"). The National Electrical Code may be obtained from the National Fire Protection Association, 470 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02210. The National Electrical Safety Code (also referred to as ANSI-C2) may be obtained from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., National Bureau of Standards, 345 East 47th Street, New York, New York 10017.

Areas around stationary electrical equipment or switch gear should be restricted to authorized persons. Normal travel by or through such equipment should not be allowed unless no other travelway is available. However, if persons do travel by stationary electrical equipment, standard 56/57.11001 requires that a safe means of access be provided.

Safety and Health:  Foot Wear

Safety and Health will cover standard footwear requirements in all relevant Site orientations and training, and be available to respond to compliance concerns for a particular type, or specialized type of foot wear.

 Managers and Superintendents:

Divisional Managers and/or Department Superintendents will assess area needs and authorize types of footwear that vary from the standard footwear requirements. 


Hard-toed” Shoe / Boot:

A hard–toed shoe or boot is one with foot protection that meets ASTM F2413-05 (M/F) I/75 C/75 standards. 

“6-inch” Shoe / Boot

A “6-inch boot” is defined by the height of the upper of the boot being 6 inches above the heel of the foot and must otherwise provide adequate support above the ankle.

 Required Standard Footwear:
Footwear that meets the minimum standards of:

1)      hard-toed,
2)      lace up style (extending above the ankle and properly laced), 6-inch boot,
3)      without heel or with heel (as long as heel height and condition does not contribute to instability and does provide support), 
4)      and, have soles with adequate tread (no slick or worn soles, no leather soles).

 Required Rubber Footwear:

Water proof and chemical resistant footwear that meets the minimum standards of:

1)      water proof and chemical resistant certified,
2)      hard-toed,
3)      ankle support system (either lace up and/or with built in system of support),
4)      without heel or with heel (as long as heel height and condition does not contribute to instability and does provide support),
5)      and, have soles with adequate tread (no slick or worn soles, no leather soles).


 ·         There are many types and styles of hard-toed footwear on Site and this Policy can not address every activity and proscribe an authorized boot for every task.

  ·         The use of pull-on cowboy-style boots with leather soles and heels would be specifically prohibited.  In addition, cowboy-style boots would not offer the desired ankle support.

 ·         Similarly, there are pull-on “engineer” or “Wellington”- style boots that may have appropriate sole and heel, yet do not provide the required ankle support.

 ·         The overall condition of footwear – the sole, heel, toe plate, and uppers of the boot(s) – will be considered in determining if specific footwear meet the minimum standard.

 ·         Because boots wear out, periodic inspections of footwear may require boot replacement or equivalent rebuild to maintain the integrity of the boots, the tread and/or ankle support.

 ·         Discipline for failure to adhere to the provisions of this Policy will follow the Positive Discipline Policy guidelines, and may result in curtailment of work on Site until suitable footwear can be obtained.

 ·         Variances from the Required Footwear Standard must be authorized by Divisional Managers.

 ·         Many tasks are performed that require special, additional, or modified footwear requirements depending on specific task-related hazards.  In these cases where a specific hazard requires elevated protection, variances to the Required Footwear Standard must be authorized, communicated and enforced by the responsible Division/Department.

  • Ladder Safety
  • Self-supporting (foldout) and non-self-supporting (leaning) portable ladders must be able to support at least four times the maximum intended load, except extra-heavy-duty metal or plastic ladders, which must be able to sustain 3.3 times the maximum intended load. (See Figure 1.)

  • Non-self-supporting ladders, which must lean against a wall or other support, are to be positioned at such an angle that the horizontal distance from the top support to the foot of the ladder is about 1/4 the working length of the ladder. (See Figure 2.)

  • In the case of job-made wooden ladders, that angle should equal about 1/8 the working length. This minimizes the strain of the load on ladder joints that may not be as strong as on commercially manufactured ladders.
  • Ladder rungs, cleats, or steps must be parallel, level, and uniformly spaced when the ladder is in position for use. Rungs must be spaced between 10 and 14 inches apart.

  • For extension trestle ladders, the spacing must be 8-18 inches for the base, and 6-12 inches on the extension section.

  • Rungs must be so shaped that an employee's foot cannot slide off, and must be skid-resistant. (See Figure 3.)
  • Ladders are to be kept free of oil, grease, wet paint, and other slipping hazards.

  • Wood ladders must not be coated with any opaque covering, except identification or warning labels on one face only of a side rail.
Other Requirements
  • Foldout or stepladders must have a metal spreader or locking device to hold the front and back sections in an open position when in use. (See Figure 4.)

  • When two or more ladders are used to reach a work area, they must be offset with a landing or platform between the ladders.

  • The area around the top and bottom of ladder must be kept clear.

  • Ladders must not be tied or fastened together to provide longer sections, unless they are specifically designed for such use. (See Figure 5.)

  • Never use a ladder for any purpose other than the one for which it was designed.
Book Additional Information:

This is improperly using the top rung of this step ladder
 to work from.




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