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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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§4305. Swing Cut-Off Saws and Sliding Cut-Off Saws Mounted Above the Table.

(a) The saw blade shall be encased on both sides in such a way that at least the upper half of the blade and the arbor end will be completely covered.

(b) There shall be an effective device to return the saw automatically to the back of the table when released at any point of its travel; such device shall prevent saw from rebounding and shall not depend on fibre rope, cord, or a spring for its functioning.

(c) If a counterweight is used all bolts supporting the bar and weight shall be provided with nuts and cotter pins. A bolt shall be put through the extreme end of counterweight bar, or where the weight does not enclose the rod, a safety chain shall be attached to the counterweight.

(d) Limit chains or other positive stops shall be provided to prevent the saw blade from swinging beyond the front edge of the table, or the table shall be extended beyond the swing of the saw blade.

(e) Where it is possible to pass behind a swing cut-off saw the rear of the saw shall be completely housed when the saw blade is in its back position. The housing shall enclose the swing frame as well as the saw blade.

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 of subsection (a) and repealer of subsection (f) filed 4-27-79; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 79, No. 17).

3. Amendment filed 8-15-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 41).

4. Editorial correction of subsection (e) printing error (Register 86, No. 51).

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