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Subchapter 13. Logging and Sawmill Safety Orders
Article 14. Log Dumps, Ponds and Other Log Handling Facilities

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§6341. Log Ponds.

(a) Employees shall not work alone on a log pond unless there are other employees within constant visual or audible contact.

(b) All employees working on logs or around booms in water shall wear calked boots or other boots designed to prevent slipping.

(c) Pike poles shall be of continuous, straight-grained No. 1 Douglas fir, or material of equal strength. Metal or conductive poles shall not be used around electrical conductors. Defective poles or blunt or dull pipes shall not be used.

(d) At least two life buoys or life rings with 50 feet of 1/4-inch Manila rope or equivalent attached shall be kept in the pond area. They shall be conveniently located in places accessible to the log dump and the log haul.

(e) Employers shall not permit or require an employee to work on log ponds where there is a drowning hazard, unless employee is provided with and is wearing a life vest or similar safeguard. Such vests or similar safeguards shall be designed to hold the face above the surface of the water.

(f) All regular boom sticks and foot logs upon which workers are required to walk, step upon, or work from shall be reasonably straight, with no protruding knots and bark, and shall be capable of supporting the weight of an employee and equipment above the water line at either end.

(g) Permanent cable swifters shall be arranged so that it is necessary to roll boom sticks in order to attach or detach them.

(h) Periodic inspection of cable or dogging lines shall be made to determine when repair or removal from service is necessary.

(i) The banks of the log pond in the vicinity of the log haul shall be reinforced to prevent caving in.

(j) Stiff booms shall be two float-logs wide, secured by boom chains or other connecting devices, and of a width adequate for working. Walking surfaces shall be free of loose material and maintained in good repair.

(k) Boom sticks shall be fastened together with adequate crossties or couplings.

(l) Floating donkeys or other power-driven machinery used on booms shall be placed on a raft or float with enough buoyancy to keep the deck well above water.

(m) All sorting gaps shall have a substantially stiff boom on each side.

(n) When powered pond boats or rafts are used, there shall be compliance with the applicable provisions of the Standards for Fire Protection for Motorcraft, NFPA No. 302-1971.

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


1. Amendment of subsections (a), (b) and (d) filed 2-6-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 6).

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