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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 8. Points of Operation and Other Hazardous Parts of Machinery
Article 61. Compaction Equipment

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§4355. Operating Rules for Compaction Equipment.

(a) General.

(1) The employer shall develop a written set of operating procedures. These operating procedures shall include at least the applicable operating rules contained in this section.

(2) Employees shall not be assigned or permitted to operate compaction equipment unless they have been trained and instructed in safe methods for such operation. Such training shall include the operating instructions provided by the manufacturer for each machine.

(b) Stationary Compaction Equipment.

(1) The operator shall be instructed to attach the locks between the stationary compactor and the compactor container in conformance with the manufacturer's instructions. Such locks shall be capable of withstanding the forces generated by the action of the ram.

(2) The operator shall be instructed to ascertain that all individuals are clear of the point of operation and pinch-point area before actuating the controls.

(c) Mobile Collection/Compaction Equipment.

(1) The operator shall be instructed to ascertain that all individuals are clear of the point of operation or any pinch points before actuating the controls, and shall be ready to stop the packing cycle or loading operation.

(2) No employee shall be positioned in the path of the moving vehicle, standing on front or rear steps or on side steps, or in any other location where he cannot be seen by the vehicle operator and is subject to being struck by the vehicle or being thrown off the vehicle.

(3) No employee shall be permitted to ride on a loading sill.

(4) When parts of collection equipment are raised, they shall be blocked in accordance with Section 3314 before work is performed beneath the raised parts.

(5) Before cleaning, repairing, servicing or adjusting collection equipment, a lockout procedure complying with Section 3314 shall be established and shall be followed.

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

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