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Subchapter 13. Logging and Sawmill Safety Orders
Article 2. Logging Operations--General
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§6263. Hand Tools.

(a) The employers shall be responsible for the safe condition of their tools. All tools shall be restricted to the use for which they are intended, and should be used only by employees who are required and qualified to use such tools.

(b) Periodic inspections shall be made to ensure all tools are in safe condition. Tools with defective handles shall be immediately repaired or removed from the job.

(c) Battered, laminated, or crystallized iron wedges, chisels, punches, hammers, and similar equipment, mushroomed more than 1/4-inch from the body of the tool, shall be replaced or properly repaired.

(d) Exceptionally hard hammers, wedges, and similar tools shall not be used.

(e) Only one end of a peeling bar shall have a cutting edge. The other end shall be cut off square with the length of the bar or have a rounded end.

(f) Cutting torch, impact, or hydraulic cable cutters shall be provided and used for cutting cables. Soft hammers and wire axes may be used in emergencies.

(g) Marlinspikes or needles in good condition and large enough for the size of the line being spliced shall be used.

(h) Cutting tools shall be kept sharp and properly shaped.

(i) Hand tools shall be sheathed or boxed if transported with passengers in the passenger compartment of a vehicle. If not contained in a box, the sheathed tools shall be fastened to the vehicle.

(j) Proper storage facilities shall be provided for hand tools.

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


1. Amendment filed 2-6-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 6).

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