Michigan Updates Its Portable Ladders Rules

Author:Mr James Curtis, Adam R. Young and Craig B. Simonsen
Profession:Seyfarth Shaw LLP
 
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Seyfarth Synopsis: The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has amended its construction safety and health standards for fixed and portable ladders. The updated standard adds specified requirements for the use of self-supporting portable ladders.

Under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, state plan states (like Michigan) must have standards that are at least as protective as the Federal OSHA regulations. MIOSHA is amending the standard to correspond to the "recently revised federal regulations 1910 Subpart D, in order to be as effective as the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. MIOSHA is adding R 408.41124(15), in order to be as effective as the federal OSHA standard in 1926.1053(a)(1)(i).

Specifically, the rule added the following language:

(15) An employer shall ensure that each self-supporting portable ladder complies with all of the following:

(a) A ladder must sustain at least 4 times the maximum intended...

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