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Subchapter 13. Logging and Sawmill Safety Orders
Article 15. Sawmills

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§6351. Guarding Head Saw.

(a) Band wheels shall be encased or guarded, except for the lower front quadrant on the off bearing side of the upper wheel where the blade leaves the wheel and the blade itself from that point down to the lower point of support or guide. The guard shall be constructed of no less than No. 7 gauge steel plate, or of wood. If wood is used, the guard shall be of at least 2-inch boards, secured to frame members no less than 2 inches by 4 inches.

(1) The opening in the upper band wheel guard shall be no larger than 12 inches horizontally toward the center of the wheel, and 6 inches vertically above the point of contact of the blade with the wheel.

(2) Suitable ventilating ports no larger than 2 inches by 4 inches shall be permissible.

(3) Every band mill shall be equipped with a saw catcher or rest of substantial construction.

(4) Saw hoists shall have brakes and an upper travel limit switch.

(b) Band resaws and rip saws shall be guarded as provided in (a). Vertical feed rolls exposed to contact shall be guarded on the sides and in front by an enclosure extending to within 1/2-inch of the surface of the work passing through the rolls. Horizontal feed rolls exposed to contact shall be enclosed by a cover over the front and open sides. The lower edge of the cover shall come down to a point within 1/2-inch of the surface of the work passing through the rolls.

(c) Provisions shall be made for alerting and warning employees before starting band head saws, and measures shall be taken to ensure that all persons are in the clear.

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

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