Group A Type 1
Group B Type 1
Group A Type 2
Group B Type 2
Group A Type 3
Group B Type 3
Q: Can I use a body belt on a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP)?
A: Yes, as long as the body belt is used as part of a positioning device system and the worker cannot fall more than two feet [29 CFR 1926.502(e)(1)]. For fall distances greater than two feet, a full body harness must be used. A positioning device system means a body belt or body harness system rigged to allow an employee to be supported on an elevated vertical surface, such as a wall, and work with both hands free while leaning.
Q: Can any self-retracting lifeline be used with MEWP equipment?
A: The selected self-retracted lifeline must be one that the manufacturer has approved for use with the specific MEWP equipment. Some self-retracting lifelines are not designed to have the anchorage point below the connection point on the wearer.
Q: Can the MEWP guardrails be used as an anchorage point?
A: The guardrails should not be used as an anchorage point unless they have been specifically designed to do so by the MEWP manufacturer and instructions for use have been supplied in the operator’s manual. Group A MEWPs may be equipped with either fall restraint or fall arrest anchorages and Group B MEWPs must be equipped with fall arrest anchorages only. Each fall restraint anchorage must be capable of withstanding a static force of 675 pounds of force (lbf) for each person allowed. Fall arrest anchorages must be capable of withstanding a static force of 3,597 lbf for each person allowed.
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