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Subchapter 14. Petroleum Safety Orders--Drilling and Production
Article 19. All Derricks, Masts and Supporting Structures
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§6574. Escape Lines.

(a) Escape lines shall be anchored, stretched taut and shall be free of knots, splices, broken strands, and other obstructions. In locating escape lines, due regard shall be given to topography, prevailing winds, and to the location of hazardous materials and equipment to provide for a safe dismount.

(b) Escape lines shall be installed at an angle of between forty degrees (40o) and fifty degrees (50o) from the horizontal if practicable, and never more than sixty degrees (60o) from the horizontal.

(c) Every mechanical slide provided on an escape line shall be equipped with a brake that will permit the employee using the slide to control the rate of speed in descending.

(d) If there is no mechanical slide on an escape line, a means of protection against friction burns to the hands of employees using the escape line shall be provided.

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


1. Amendment filed 7-20-59; effective thirtieth day thereafter. (Register 59, No. 12).

2. Amendment of section and Note filed 5-8-95; operative 6-7-95 (Register 95, No. 19).

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