The operator must not leave the controls while the load is suspended, except where all of the following are met:
The operator remains adjacent to the equipment and is not engaged in any other duties.
The competent person determines that it is safe to do so and implements measures necessary to restrain the boom hoist and telescoping, load, swing, and outrigger or stabilizer functions.
The load is to be held suspended for a period of time exceeding normal lifting operations.
The provisions in § 1926.1417(e)(1) do not apply to working gear (such as slings, spreader bars, ladders, and welding machines) where the weight of the working gear is negligible relative to the lifting capacity of the equipment as positioned, and the working gear is suspended over an area other than an entrance or exit.