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Subchapter 13. Logging and Sawmill Safety Orders
Article 11. Helicopter Yarding Operations

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§6326. Communications and Signal Systems.

(a) The employer shall instruct the aircrew and ground personnel on signal systems to be used, and shall review the systems with the employees before hoisting the load. This applies to both radio and hand signal systems. Hand signals are shown in Appendix A.

(b) There shall be continual reliable communication between the pilot and the ground crew employee who acts as signalperson during the period of hooking and unhooking.

(c) There shall be a signalperson in radio contact with the aircrew for each operation site on the ground, even if the helicopter is not specifically working at that operation.

(d) All signalmen shall wear high-visibility, colored garments, such as orange, yellow, etc.

(e) Citizen band radios shall not be used for communication between the helicopter pilot and ground personnel.

(f) The helicopter shall be equipped with a siren to warn workers of any hazard.

(g) Two radio transceivers shall be in the vicinity of the log pickup and landing crews and at least one of the radios shall be operative at each of the operations at all times.

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


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

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