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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders
Group 8. Points of Operation and Other Hazardous Parts of Machinery
Article 59. Woodworking Machines and Equipment

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§4301. Self-Feed Circular Ripsaws.

(a) In addition to guards over blades as specified in Section 4296, feed rolls shall be protected by a hood or guard to prevent the hands of the operator from coming in contact with the in-running rolls at any point.
(b) Hoods or guards on feed rolls shall be constructed of suitable material, as specified in Section 3942, preferably metal. The bottom of the guard shall come down to within 3/8-inch of the plane formed by the bottom or working surfaces of the feed rolls. This distance (3/8-inch) may be increased to 3/4-inch, provided the lead edge of the hood is extended to be not less than 5 1/2-inches in front of the nip point between the front roll and the work.
(c) The employer shall ensure that power feed devices are properly adjusted for each piece of stock in order to reduce the possibility of kickback.
(d) Every self-feed circular ripsaw shall be equipped with an anti-kickback device installed on the infeed side. Such an anti-kickback device shall be designed to be effective for all thicknesses of material and shall extend the full width of the rolls.
Note: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.
1. Repealer and new section filed 10-25-74; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 74, No. 43).
2. Amendment filed 8-15-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 41).
3. Amendment of subsection (c) filed 3-24-2010; operative 4-23-2010 (Register 2010, No. 13).

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