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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 3. General Plant Equipment and Special Operations
Article 13. Agricultural Operations

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§3445. Choppers.

(a) Every power-driven cutter, chopper, or grinder shall be guarded to prevent accidental contact with revolving parts or access to hazardous parts of the machine.

Access doors or covers shall be identified by an appropriate warning sign.

(b) Every manually fed power-driven cutter, chopper, or grinder shall be guarded to prevent accidental contact with the feed rolls or other hazardous processing parts of the machine.

NOTE: Guarding may be accomplished by extending the feed chute or hopper to provide a minimum accessible distance o not less than 88 inches from the working level to the point of operation, or a distance of 36 inches from the edge of the chute or hopper to the point of operation, or other effective means.

(c) Stationary machines which are equipped with feed rolls or other feed-assisting mechanisms shall be provided with a safety bar or trapeze bar which will stop the machine.

(d) Rotary choppers with horizontal blades shall have side shields extending below the plane of the lowest blade. Front and rear guards shall be provided to guard against accidental contact with the revolving blades.

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

HISTORY

1. Amendment of subsections (b) and (c) filed 9-6-79 as procedural and organizational; effective upon filing (Register 79, No. 36).

2. Amendment of subsections (a)-(c) filed 5-15-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 20).

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