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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC85 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: Shipyard Fall Protection--Scaffolds, Ladders and Other Working Surfaces 
Abstract: Existing 29 CFR Part 1915, subpart E; Scaffolds Ladders and Other Working Surfaces includes scaffolds or staging, ladders, guarding of deck openings and edges, access to vessels, access to and guarding of dry docks and marine railways, access to cargo spaces and confined spaces, and working surfaces. These requirements are not comprehensive in their coverage of fall hazards in shipyards. In addition, provisions will be updated to reflect technological advances, while other provisions will be revised to be consistent with national consensus standards. Since this would result in a large, cumbersome subpart, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will request information in dividing this rulemaking into three subparts: subpart E Stairways, Ladders and Other Access and Egress; subpart M Fall Protection; and subpart N Scaffolds. The estimated number of annualized fatalities associated with each subpart are: subpart E; Stairways, Ladders and Other Access and Egress. Approximately 1 to 2 fatalities are occurring each year; subpart M; Fall Protection. Approximately 3 to 4 fatalities in shipyards, associated with falls from elevations, are occurring each year; subpart N; Scaffolds. Approximately 1 fatality is occurring each year. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1915.71 to 1915.77    subpart E    Scaffolds, Ladders & Other Working Surfaces     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: sec 41, Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (33 USC 941)    sec 4, 6, and 8 Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 USC 653, 655, 657)    Secretary of Labor’s Order No. 12-71 (36 FR 8754)    8-76 (41 FR 25059), or 9-83 (48 FR 35736) as applicable    29 CFR 1911   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information  08/00/2014 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
William Perry
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678