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Subchapter 13. Logging and Sawmill Safety Orders
Article 14. Log Dumps, Ponds and Other Log Handling Facilities

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§6340. Log Dumps, Ponds, and Other Unloading, Log Handling, or Storage Facilities.

(a) Employers shall inaugurate, post, and enforce a set of log dump procedures applicable to their operation, notifying log truck drivers of these procedures.

(b) When these areas are used during the hours of darkness, they shall be illuminated sufficiently to provide clear vision.

(c) Jill-poking of logs from railroad cars shall be done only at permanent locations that are properly equipped.

(d) The top of the brow log, where used, shall be below the truck or car bunk level.

(1) All persons are prohibited from going between a brow log and the load of logs at any time.

(2) All persons shall remain in the clear until moving equipment has come to a complete stop.

(e) Where logs are unloaded into rollways, sufficient space shall be provided between the top of the skids and the ground or deck to accommodate the body of an employee.

(f) All log dumps shall be kept reasonably free of bark and other debris.

(g) When dumping, transferring, or unloading logs from trucks, an effective restraining device shall be used on the side from which the wrappers, stakes, or chocks are loosened, to prevent any logs from falling while being released. All personnel shall remain on the same side of the truck as the restraining devices, in the clear, until logs are removed.

EXCEPTION: Release and removal of all wrappers may be permitted within acceptable restraining stanchions or barriers located in the decking or unloading area prior to reaching the unloading spot, provided no pedestrian, or vehicle traffic is permitted between the stanchions or barriers and the unloading spot. The log truck driver shall remain beyond the ends of all loaded logs while the truck is being unloaded.

(h) A-frames used for unloading logs shall be constructed and rigged in accordance with Articles 7 and 8 of these Orders.

(i) When using crotched lines, spreader bars with pendants, or similar devices for dumping logs, the lines shall be placed so that the distance between them is approximately one-third the length of the load. This distance is measured along the centerline of the bunk log on the unloading machine side.

(j) Chocks, stakes, and binders shall be arranged so that all releases are made from the side opposite to that from which the logs will roll during unloading.

(k) No machine or dump operator shall dump any load of logs, unless there are a sufficient number of wrappers left in place to secure all logs until the machine or unloading lines are in place, and the load is secured as indicated in (g).

(l) The engineer or operator shall determine that all persons are in the clear before proceeding to unload the logs.

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


1. Amendment of subsection (g) filed 5-30-80; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 80, No. 22).

2. Amendment of subsections (e) and (h) filed 2-6-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 6).

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