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Subchapter 5. Electrical Safety Orders
Group 1. Low-Voltage Electrical Safety Orders
Article 74. Cranes and Hoists

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§2561.3. Clearance.

(a) On every new installation, major replacement, modification or repair made after March 15, 1972, the dimension of the working space in the direction of access to energized parts which may require examination, adjustment, servicing, or maintenance while energized shall be a minimum of 2.5 feet (762 mm). Where controls are enclosed in cabinets, the doors shall either open at least 90 degrees or be removable.

Note: For the purpose of this section, a major replacement, modification, or repair shall mean 50 percent or more of the current replacement value of the crane or hoist.

(b) On floor operated overhead cranes a suitable work platform with means of access shall be provided, attached to the building structure, or on the overhead crane bridge, giving ready and safe access to electrical control cabinets for service, maintenance or repair.

Exception: Floor operated porta-lift type platforms, rolling scaffolds or similar type platforms may be used.

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


1. Editorial correction filed 11-2-83 (Register 83, No. 45).

2. Amendment deleting Title 24 cross reference filed 8-27-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 37).

3. Amendment of section and Note filed 5-5-2008; operative 5-5-2008. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Labor Code 142.3(a)(3) (Register 2008, No. 19).

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