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Ships ladders shall be provided in all buildings where mechanical equipment is located on the roof in order to make all equipment accessible to maintenance and inspection personnel. Ships ladders shall be placed at an angle between 50 and 60 degrees measured from the horizontal. The opening in ceilings and building roofs shall have a minimum area of nine square feet and a minimum width of two feet. No ships ladders shall be located in or pass through elevator shafts, elevator penthouses, or elevator machine rooms.

Inside a penthouse, handrails shall continue through ceiling and roof openings to a distance of 36 inches. A guardrail and intermediate rail shall be provided on all open sides with a substantial chain guard on the entrance.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 182.655


12 SR 634

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008