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Subchapter 13. Logging and Sawmill Safety Orders
Article 15. Sawmills
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§6359. Jump, Underhung, and Overhead Swing Saws.

(a) All saws shall be effectively guarded above and below the table or roll case.

(b) Stops shall be installed to prevent timber from being thrown off the roll case.

(c) A positive stop shall be installed to prevent the saw from passing the front edge of the roll case, guard, barrier, or table. The throat in the table or roll case shall be only wide enough to permit unobstructed operation of the saw.

(d) Foot-treadle operated saws shall have a treadle guard fastened over the treadle. A safety block shall be placed under the treadle while adjustments are being made.

(e) Swing cutoffs saws shall be provided with an effective device that automatically returns the saw to the back of the table when the saw is released at any point in its travel; such device shall not depend upon a fiber rope for its proper functioning.

(f) If a counterweight is used on overhead swing saws, all bolts supporting the bar and weight shall be provided with cotter pins. A bolt shall be put through the extreme end of the bar to prevent dropping the weight; where the weight does not enclose the bar, a safety chain shall be attached to prevent dropping.

(g) If an overhead counterweight and arm are used, the arm shall be provided with a safety chain or chains to prevent the counterweight falling if the arm breaks.

(h) Swing cutoff or trim saws shall not be located so that they operate directly in line with stock coming from the edger.

(i) Saws that are fed by other than hand power shall be so designed that they can be locked, or rendered inoperative to unauthorized persons.

(j) Swing saws on log decks shall be equipped with a positive stop for the protection of persons who may be on the opposite edge of the log haul chute.

(k) Tables or roll casings for swing saws shall be provided with stops or line-up rail to prevent material being pushed off the opposite side.

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

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