This information is provided free of charge by the Department of Industrial Relations from its web site at These regulations are for the convenience of the user and no representation or warranty is made that the information is current or accurate. See full disclaimer at

Subchapter 13. Logging and Sawmill Safety Orders
Article 13. Transportation

Return to index
New query

§6338. Binding Log Loads.

(a) All logs shall be well balanced and centered so that the load is stable without wrappers.

(b) All equipment shall be kept clear of log trucks being bound.

(c) Warning shall be given before throwing wrappers over a load and care shall be taken to prevent striking persons.

(d) Wrappers, except the gut wrapper, shall pass over the entire load. All wrappers shall be tight enough to keep the load from shifting.

(e) Wrappers shall be placed so that they must be released from the unloading machine or stanchion side.

(f) No load shall leave the loading spot until sufficient wrappers have been placed to restrain the load. No load shall leave the loading area until all required wrappers have been placed.

(g) When scaling and branding are done on the load at the dump or reload, it must be done before wrappers are released.

(h) When it is necessary to retighten the wrappers, only one wrapper shall be released and retightened at a time.

(i) On vehicles equipped with chock blocks, single log loads shall be secured to the rear bunk. All other loads shall be secured as follows:

(1) If load is one or two logs high, two wrappers used, one at each end.

(2) If load is three or four logs high, three wrappers used.

(3) If load is five or more logs high, four wrappers used.

(j) On vehicles equipped with bunk stakes, single logs shall be secured to the rear bunk. Loads that extend above the stakes shall have at least two wrappers. Loads with three or more tiers of logs above the stakes shall have at least three wrappers; six or more tiers of logs above the stakes shall have no less than four wrappers.

(k) Short logs, known as split peakers, on top of the load shall be secured by no less than two wrappers each.

(l) Bunk logs shall extend beyond the bunks no less than 6 inches. Logs shall be loaded so that no more than one-third the weight of the log extends beyond the end of the bunk or the log supporting it.

(m) Whenever loads consist of logs to be dumped at different destinations, lots shall be separated with gut wrappers, and wrappers shall be used for the entire loads, as provided in these Orders.

(n) All trucks shall carry spare wrappers.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. Amendment filed 2-6-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 6).

Go BackGo Back to Article 13 Table of Contents