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Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders
Article 15. Cranes and Derricks in Construction
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§1617.3. Signals - Voice Signals - Additional Requirements.

(a) Prior to beginning operations, the operator, signal person and lift director (if there is one), shall contact each other and agree on the voice signals that will be used. Once the voice signals are agreed upon, these workers need not meet again to discuss voice signals unless another worker is added or substituted, there is confusion about the voice signals, or a voice signal is to be changed.

(b) Each voice signal shall contain the following three elements, given in the following order: (1) function (such as hoist, boom, etc.); (2) direction, approximate distance and/or speed; (3) function, stop command.

(c) The operator, signal person and lift director (if there is one), shall be able to effectively communicate in the language used.

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


1. New section filed 7-7-2011; operative 7-7-2011. Exempt from OAL review pursuant to Labor Code section 142.3(a)(3) (Register 2011, No. 27).

2. Amendment of subsection (b) filed 10-2-2012; operative 11-1-2012 (Register 2012, No. 40).

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