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Subchapter 21. Telecommunication Safety Orders
Article 1. Telecommunications
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§8612. Materials Handling and Storage.

(a) Poles. When working with poles in piles or stacks, work shall be performed from the ends of the poles as much as possible, and precautions shall be taken for the safety of employees at the outer end of the pole. During pole hauling operations, all loads shall be secured to prevent displacement. Lights, reflectors and/or flags shall be displayed on the end and sides of the load as necessary. The requirements for installation, removal, or other handling of poles in pole lines are prescribed in Section 8615 of this Article which pertains to overhead lines. In the case of hoisting machinery equipped with a positive stop load-holding device, it shall be permissible for the operator to leave the controls (while a load is suspended) for the sole purpose of assisting in positioning the load prior to landing it. Prior to and during the unloading steel, poles, crossarms, and similar material, the load shall be thoroughly examined to ascertain that the load has not shifted, that binders or stakes have not broken, and that the load is not otherwise hazardous to employees. Employees shall not stand on top or in the potential path of an unsecured load while unloading poles from pole dollies or utility trailers.

(b) Cable Reels. Cable reels shall be chocked or otherwise restrained when there is a possibility of inadvertent movement.

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


1. Amendment of subsection (b) filed 3-30-82; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 82, No. 14).

2. Amendment of subsection (a) filed 11-3-87; operative 12-3-87 (Register 87, No. 45).

3. Amendment filed 11-19-97; effective 12-19-97.

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