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Subchapter 14. Petroleum Safety Orders--Drilling and Production
Article 29. Tools, Equipment, and Materials in Derricks or Masts
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§6603. Tools, Equipment, and Materials in Derricks or Masts.

(a) Only such tools, equipment or materials as are essential to operations shall be kept in a derrick or mast at an elevation above the floor. Provisions shall be made to prevent them from falling.

(b) When laying down or picking up pipe or other equipment with elevators, the elevator door shall face upward if practicable.

If this is impracticable, employees shall not be required or permitted to be in a location where they would be endangered by falling pipe or other equipment should the elevator door become accidentally opened.

EXCEPTION: This order does not apply to handling sucker rods.

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


1. Amendment filed 7-20-59; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 59, No. 12).

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

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