TITLE 8:
GENERAL INDUSTRY SAFETY ORDERS
CHAPTER 4, SUBCHAPTER 7, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 3207 AND ARTICLE 24, SECTIONS 3642
AND 3648
HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL SAFETY ORDERS
CHAPTER 4, SUBCHAPTER 5, ARTICLE 36, SECTION 2940.7

 
USE OF BODY BELTS, SAFETY BELTS, AND BODY HARNESSES WHILE OPERATING AERIAL DEVICES; AND GUARDRAILS FOR ELEVATING WORK PLATFORM EQUIPMENT


Amend Section 3207 as shown and add the following definitions in alphabetical order to read:

3207. Definitions.

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Personal Fall Arrest System. A system used to arrest an employee in a fall from a working level. It consists of an anchorage, connectors, body harness and may include a lanyard, deceleration device, lifeline, or suitable combinations of the aforementioned components/devices.

Personal Fall Protection System. A personal fall protection system includes personal fall arrest systems, positioning device systems, fall restraint systems, safety nets and guardrails.

Personal Fall Restraint System. A system used to prevent an employee from falling. It consists of an anchorage, connectors, and body belt/harness. It may include, lanyards, lifelines, and rope grabs designed for that purpose.

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Positioning Device System. A body belt or body harness system rigged to allow an employee to be supported on an elevated surface, such as a wall, and work with both hands free while leaning.

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NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code; and Section 18943(b), Health and Safety Code.

Amend Section 3642 to read:

3642. Elevating Work Platform Equipment.
(a) The platform deck shall be equipped with:
(1) A guardrail or other structure around its upper periphery that shall be no less than 38 inches or more than 45 42 inches high, plus or minus 3 inches, with a midrail. (Chains or the equivalent may be substituted where they give equivalent protection.) Where the guardrail is less than 42 39 inches high, employees shall wear a safety belt securely fastened to the platform by a lanyard so secured that the employee cannot free fall more than 4 feet. an approved personal fall protection system as defined in Section 3207 of these Orders shall be used in accordance with the requirements of Section 3648(o) of this Article.
NOTE: Equipment buckets, tubs, or pin-on platforms refer to Section 3647.

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

Amend Section 3648 to read:

3648. Operating Instructions (Aerial Devices).

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  1. An employee, while in an elevated aerial device, shall be secured to the boom, basket or tub of an the aerial device through the use of a safety belt, body belt or safety body harness equipped with safety strap or lanyard.
  1. Safety belts/body belts are prohibited for use in personal fall arrest systems, but may be used as part of a fall restraint or positioning device system.
  2. Safety belts/body belts used as part of a positioning device system shall be rigged such that an employee cannot free fall more than 2 feet.
  3. A body harness may be used in a personal fall restraint, positioning or fall arrest system. When a body harness is used in a fall arrest system, the lanyard shall be rigged to limit maximum arresting force on an employee to 1,800 pounds and prevent the employee from hitting any levels or objects below the basket or platform, and shall limit free fall to a maximum of 6 feet.
    NOTE: The requirements of this section do not include any matter relating to fire-fighting equipment or any matter relating to the vehicles upon which aerial devices are mounted, except in respect to a vehicle being a stable support for the aerial device.

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

Amend Section 2940.7 to read:

2940.7. Mechanical Equipment.

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(b) Aerial Lifts.
1. Except as otherwise required or permitted by these orders, personnel aerial lift equipment used in the construction, operation or maintenance of electric power supply systems shall comply with the requirements of the General Industry Safety Orders, Title 8, California Code of Regulations, Article 24, Elevating Work Platforms and Aerial Devices.

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(4)(A) Employees in aerial lift equipment shall be belted secured to the lift equipment when in an elevated position by a lanyard attached to a safety belt, body belt or body harness.
(B) Safety belts/body belts are prohibited for use in personal fall arrest systems, but may be used as part of a fall restraint or positioning device system.
(C) Safety belts/body belts used as part of a positioning device system shall be rigged such that an employee cannot free fall more than 2 feet.
(D) A body harness may be used in a personal fall restraint, positioning or fall arrest system. When a body harness is used in a fall arrest system, the lanyard shall be rigged to limit maximum arresting force on an employee to 1,800 pounds and prevent the employee from hitting any levels or objects below the basket or platform, and shall limit free fall to a maximum of 6 feet.
(5)(A)
Climbing on the edge of a basket or work platform railing of aerial lift equipment or using planks across a basket or work platform railing for added height shall be prohibited. Except in an emergency involving immediate hazard to life, no employee shall be permitted to climb in or out of a basket or work platform with railings, unless it is in the cradle position; at ground level; or is equipped with a self-closing gate so designed and constructed that it will not open outwardly nor inadvertently.
(B) When an employee is elevated in aerial lift equipment without full controls at the upper level, there shall be an employee in the immediate vicinity of the lower level controls which must be "readily accessible" to that employee.
(5) (6) Clearances. Metal booms, metal baskets, or metal platforms of personnel aerial lift equipment operated in accordance with Section 2949 shall not be brought closer than the distances specified in Section 2940.2(b) Table 2940.2 to any exposed energized conductors or equipment.

Section 2940.7 continued:

(6) (7) Visual Inspection. A visual inspection of personnel aerial lift equipment for defects and safe operating conditions shall be made daily, prior to use. Insulated sections of the boom shall be maintained in a clean condition.
(7) (8) Shop Inspection. A shop inspection of personnel aerial lift equipment shall be made at such intervals as may be reasonably necessary to maintain the equipment in a safe operating condition. Inspection information shall be recorded by the owner of the equipment.
(8) (9) Warning Lights. Approved-type flashing amber warning lights shall be installed and used on vehicles having personnel aerial lift equipment in use on a highway or when moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic.
(9) (10) Operating Controls. Articulating boom and extensible boom platforms, primarily designed as personnel carriers, shall have both platform (upper) and lower controls. Upper controls shall be in or beside the platform within easy reach of the operator. Lower controls shall provide for over-riding the upper controls. Controls shall be plainly marked as to their function. Lower level controls shall not be operated unless permission has been obtained from the employee in the lift, except in case of emergency.
(10) (11) Stop Mechanism. Personnel aerial lift equipment shall be equipped with a stop mechanism readily available to the employee at the work platform in addition to controls at the truck level.
(11) (12) Aerial lift equipment shall be operated to check each of its functions prior to each day's use. Only equipment in proper operating condition shall be used.

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