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Subchapter 13. Logging and Sawmill Safety Orders
Article 12. Yarding, Swinging, and Loading

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§6328. Yarding and Swinging.

(a) Employees shall not stand or work in the bight of running lines.

(b) Chokers shall not be hooked or unhooked from the butt hook before all the rigging has come to a complete stop.

(c) Care shall be taken in working around logs which are propped up or show a tendency to roll. Workers in charge shall carefully watch for such hazards.

(d) In setting or unhooking chokers, care shall be taken to stand clear of rolling logs.

(e) Workers shall remain on their feet until the turn is broken out and well into the clear.

(f) Standing on or near logs which may move or be moved by the turn going in is prohibited. Until a signal to go ahead is given, all workers shall stand clear of the area that is affected by the turn breaking out.

(g) When approaching or working around hangups, workers shall watch carefully for the danger of logs rolling or sliding, widow-makers, snags, or tops of trees falling.

(h) Chokers shall be placed near, but not closer than 2 feet, from the ends of logs.

(i) Choker holes shall be dug from the uphill side of a log if there appears to be any danger of its rolling.

(j) While hooking or unhooking chokers, workers shall choose the safest approach. This is usually from the upper side or end of the log.

(k) Logs shall not be landed or moved into the landing while chasers are working on other logs at the spar tree or spar.

(l) Logs shall not be landed at the spar tree until all workers and equipment are in the clear.

(m) Chasers shall be sure that logs are securely landed before approaching them to unhook chokers.

(n) Towed equipment, such as but not limited to, skid pans, pallets, arches, and trailers, shall be attached to each machine or vehicle in such a manner as to allow a full 90 degree turn; to prevent overrunning of the towing machine or vehicle; and to assure that the operator is always in control of the towed equipment.

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

HISTORY

1. New subsection (n) filed 5-5-95; operative 5-5-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 18).

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