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Stairways built into Equipment or Machinery

Stairways built into Equipment or Machinery

Stairways built into Equipment or Machinery

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OSHA 1910.25 states:

Application. This section covers all stairways (including standard, spiral, ship, and alternating tread-type stairs), except for stairs serving floating roof tanks, stairs on scaffolds, stairs designed into machines or equipment, and stairs on self-propelled motorized equipment.”

However, there is no definition as to what stairs designed into machines or equipment is. How do you differentiate from stairways used to access equipment and stairs designed into equipment?

Definition of Stairway and Standard stairs provided for reference below.

In section 1910.21 (Definitions):
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> Stairway (stairs) means risers and treads that connect one level with another, and includes any landings and platforms in between those levels. Stairways include standard, spiral, alternating tread type, and ship stairs.
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> Standard stairs means a fixed or permanently installed stairway. Ship, spiral, and alternately tread-type stairs are not considered standard stairs.
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All I know is P/A and Mc/I

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