(c) ROPS labeling. ROPS shall have a label permanently affixed to
the structure identifying--
(1) The manufacturer's name and address;
(2) The ROPS model number; and
(3) The make and model number of the equipment for which
the ROPS is designed.
(d) ROPS installation. ROPS shall be installed on the equipment
in accordance with the recommendations of the ROPS manufacturer.
(e)ROPS maintenance. (1) ROPS shall be maintained in a
condition that meets the performance requirements applicable to the
equipment. If the ROPS is subjected to a roll-over or abnormal structural
loading, the equipment manufacturer or a registered professional engineer
with knowledge and experience in ROPS design shall recertify that the ROPS
meets the applicable performance requirements before it is returned to
(2) Alterations or repairs on ROPS shall be performed only
with approval from the ROPS manufacturer or under the instructions of a
registered professional engineer with knowledge and experience in ROPS
design. The manufacturer or engineer shall certify that the ROPS meets the
applicable performance requirements.
(f)Exemptions. (1) This standard does not apply to--
(i) Self-propelled mobile equipment manufactured prior to
July 1, 1969;
(ii) Over-the-road type tractors that pull trailers or
vans on highways;
(iii) Equipment that is only operated by remote
(2) Self-propelled mobile equipment manufactured prior
to October 24, 1988, that is equipped with ROPS and seat belts that meet the
installation and performance requirements of 30 CFR 57.9088 (1986 edition)
shall be considered in compliance with paragraphs (b) and (h) of this
(g)Wearing seat belts. Seat belts shall be worn by the equipment
operator except that when operating graders from a standing position, the
grader operator shall wear safety lines and a harness in place of a seat
(h) Seat belts construction. Seat belts required under this section shall meet the requirement of SAE J386, ``Operator Restraint System for Off-Road Work Machines'' (1985, 1993, or 1997), or SAE J1194, ``Roll- Over Protective Structures (ROPS) for Wheeled Agricultural Tractors'' (1983, 1989, 1994, or 1999), as applicable, which are incorporated by reference.
(i)Seat belt maintenance. Seat belts shall be maintained in
functional condition, and replaced when necessary to assure proper
(j) Publications. The incorporation by reference of these publications is approved by the Director of the Federal Register in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies of these publications may be examined at any Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health District Office; at MSHA's Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Room 2349, Arlington, Virginia 22209- 3939; or at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC. Copies may be purchased from the Society of Automotive Engineers, 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, Pennsylvania 15096-0001.
[53 FR 32528, Aug. 25, 1988; 53 FR 44588, Nov. 4, 1988; 60 FR 33719, June 29, 1995; 67 FR 38385, June 4, 2002; 68 FR 19347, Apr. 21, 2003]