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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 3. General Plant Equipment and Special Operations
Article 20. Hand and Portable Powered Tools and Equipment
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§3559. Pneumatic and Powder-Actuated Tools.

(a) Safety clips or retainers shall be installed on pneumatic impact tools to prevent dies and tools from being accidentally expelled from the barrel, or other effective means to prevent accidents from this source shall be used.

(b) Powder-actuated tools used in industrial operations shall be designed, constructed, operated and maintained in compliance with Article 27 of the Construction Safety Orders.

(c) All hand-held pneumatically powered tools used for driving nails, staples and similar fasteners which operate at 100 psig or more line pressure shall have a safety device at the muzzle to prevent the tool from discharging until the muzzle is in contact with a solid surface.

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


1. New subsection (c) filed 3-2-76; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 76, No. 10).

2. Amendment of subsection (b) filed 11-22-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 48).

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