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Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

Version of section 2.6 from 2006-03-22 to 2019-06-24:

  •  (1) Where an employee has access to an open-top bin, hopper, vat, pit or other open-top enclosure from a point directly above the enclosure, the enclosure shall be

    • (a) covered with a grating, screen or other covering that will prevent the employee from falling into the enclosure; or

    • (b) provided with a walkway that is not less than 500 mm wide and is fitted with highly visible guardrails.

  • (2) The grating, screen, covering or walkway shall be designed, constructed and maintained so that it will support a load that is not less than the greater of

    • (a) the maximum load that may be brought to bear on it, and

    • (b) a live load of 6 kPa.

  • (3) Where an employee is working above an open-top bin, hopper, vat, pit or other open-top enclosure that is not covered with a grating, screen or other covering, the inside wall of the enclosure shall be fitted with a fixed ladder, except where the operations carried on in the enclosure make such a fitting impracticable.

  • (4) Every enclosure referred to in subsection (1) whose walls extend less than 1.1 m above an adjacent floor or platform used by employees shall be

    • (a) covered with a grating, screen or other covering;

    • (b) fitted with a highly visible guardrail; or

    • (c) guarded by a person in order to prevent employees from falling into the enclosure.

  • SOR/2000-374, s. 2
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