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Subchapter 17. Mine Safety Orders
Article 37. Hoisting Practices

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§7150. (19-58). Qualified Hoistman.

(a) At every mine where men are hoisted or lowered, there shall be one or more qualified hoistmen who shall operate the hoist while men are being hoisted or lowered.

(b) Qualified hoistmen shall be not less than 21 years of age and shall be able to speak and read English readily.

(c) Every qualified hoistman shall be familiar with the details and workings of mine hoists and must be experienced in their operation.

(d) Men who wish to become qualified hoistmen, but who have not had practical experience in hoisting and lowering men and material, must operate a hoist handling material a sufficient length of time under instruction of an experienced qualified hoistman until the employer considers the learner competent to hoist and lower men.

(e) Every qualified hoistman shall be given a thorough physical examination at least once a year by a physician licensed to practice medicine in California. The physician shall complete an examination form prescribed by the Division and send it to the employer after signing, detaching, and delivering the lower part to the applicant for posting in the hoist house.

No man shall be permitted to hoist or lower men until he has successfully passed the physical examination.

(f) The Division may require hoistmen who handle materials only to pass the prescribed physical examination where improper operation of the hoist might endanger an employee.

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