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Subchapter 13. Logging and Sawmill Safety Orders
Article 15. Sawmills
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§6345. Decks.

(a) Where deck saws are provided, they shall be arranged so that they do not project into any walkway or aisle.

(b) In existing installations where the deck saw is located so that it blocks the entrance to the log haul runway, the entrance doorway shall be guarded by a substantial timber or an automatic bar or gate operated by the saw frame to close the entrance while the saw is in operation.

(c) When a stationary chain saw is used, either at the pond or log deck, the top run of the chain shall be guarded.

(d) Log decks shall be provided with adequate chocks, chains, or other safeguards, to prevent logs from accidentally rolling down the deck and onto the carriage or its runway, or off the yard end of the deck.

(e) A barricade or other positive stop shall be erected at the mill end of the log deck to protect the sawyer from rolling logs. Such barricade or stop shall be of sufficient strength to stop any log.

(f) Where scaling is done on the log deck, the scaler shall be protected by some means of stopping all log moving equipment in the immediate vicinity.

(g) Loose chains from overhead canting gear or other equipment shall not be allowed to hand over the log deck in such a manner as to create a hazard.

(h) Employees shall not cross or work on log decks where they are likely to be struck by rolling logs.

(i) Deck surfaces shall be kept reasonably clean.

(j) A clear walkway along the upper side of the log deck and around the head rig shall be provided. An overhead walkway or underpass may be substituted.

(k) When it is necessary to cross log hauls or chutes, overhead grablines shall be installed.

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


1. Amendment of section heading and subsection (j) filed 2-6-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 6).

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