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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 13. Cranes and Other Hoisting Equipment
Article 97. Hoists, Auxiliary Hoisting Equipment and Hoisting Operations

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§4987. Tramways.

(a) All hoists shall be equipped with at least two means of stopping and holding the maximum expected load on the maximum slope. (Friction brake plus stopping engine.)

(b) The locking dog or ratchet or suitable, positive, tell-tale device shall be in plain view of operator's position.

(c) There shall be a positive means of communication between the hoist operator and signaler at all times.

(d) No person shall ride the tramway unless all rigging provides a safety factor of at least six.

(e) All workers below shall be cleared from the danger area while material is being moved.

(f) Every machine used to hoist workers shall be equipped with a control that will return to the "stop" position when the hand of the hoist operator is removed from the control lever. The brakes shall be automatically applied and the power from the machine cut off whenever the control lever is in the "stop" position. There shall be no friction gearing or clutch mechanism by which the motor or other power source can be disconnected from the hoisting drum.

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


1. New section filed 7-17-75; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 75, No. 29).

2. Amendment filed 5-1-87; operative 5-31-87 (Register 87, No. 19).

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