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Subchapter 14. Petroleum Safety Orders--Drilling and Production
Article 18. Standard Type Derricks
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§6563. Derrick Gin Pole.

(a) A derrick gin pole or other equivalent means shall be provided on every derrick tower when it is necessary to raise or lower a crown block to or from the top of the derrick tower.

(b) A derrick gin pole shall not be subjected to loads greater than the design and condition of the structure will withstand.

(c) Every derrick gin pole used to handle a crown block shall have sufficient height above the derrick crown (water table) to permit the crown block to be raised to a point at least two feet (2') in the clear above the top of the water table.

(d) When a derrick gin pole is used to install a crown block, access shall be provided to the top of the derrick gin pole by means of a fixed ladder.

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


1. Amendment of subsection (b) and new Note filed 5-8-95; operative 6-7-95 (Register 95, No. 19).

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