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Generator Enclosure Egress

Question asked by millerpj on Sep 25, 2020
Latest reply on Sep 25, 2020 by milt.werner

At our facility we have two 2 megawatt medium voltage generators installed outside in manufacturer provided enclosures that we can enter and walk around inside. Each enclosure has 3 doors with panic bars and 2 doors in each generator share a common catwalk.



The issue we have is the remaining door in each generator exits to the side of the generator with no catwalk, and the door is ~5' off the ground because the generator is mounted on a fuel tank.



We currently have signage up on the 2 doors with no egress that say "CAUTION NOT AN EXIT" but I am not sure if that is enough. Is there a code requirement for generator enclosures to have a certain number of exits like electrical rooms do? Can anyone point me to any OSHA references that speak to this issue?



I don't know if we need to build a catwalk for those doors, place a chain in front of the doors like they do on loading dock doors, physically bar the doors, etc. to make this compliant and safe.


Thanks in advance everyone and feel free to switch this to a different board if you don't feel this is the correct place to ask this question.