April 20, 2015
Q: Does Oregon OSHA require multistoried buildings under construction to have a construction elevator for employees or building inspectors? We have a building under construction that is currently five stories and will be nine stories. There is no construction elevator in place so employees and inspectors must use stairs to access the floors; the permanent elevator is not operational at this point in the project.
A: Oregon OSHA does not have a requirement for buildings under construction to be equipped with a construction elevator. If a construction elevator (or a personnel hoist) is installed on a building under construction, then employers must follow the requirements in Division 3, Subdivision N rules – specifically, Personnel hoists, 1926.552(c).
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