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Subchapter 20. Tunnel Safety Orders
Article 17. Transportation and Haulage
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§8476. Tracks.

(a) Surface and tunnel tracks shall be installed and maintained in good condition, reasonably level and free of dips, bumps, and obstructions, commensurate with the safe passage of trains at operating speeds.

(b) Track joints and fish plates shall be installed directly over ties or other suitable support.

(c) Derailers or other equivalent stopping devices shall be provided and installed at locations where disconnected equipment can roll if unattended.

(d) Appropriate equipment, such as jacks or rerailers, shall be provided and used to retrack equipment that is derailed.

(e) Adequate drainage or pumping shall be provided to maintain the top of the rails above water.

EXCEPTION: Where the top of the rails cannot be maintained above water due to excessive water conditions, appropriate risk control measures shall be implemented.

(f) In the event oil, ice, water or other conditions render the tracks slippery, sand or other effective means shall be used to treat the affected areas to provide for adequate traction.

(g) Bumper blocks or equivalent stopping devices shall be provided at all dead ends.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 142.3 and 7997, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 142.3 and 7997, Labor Code.


1. Amendment of subsections (a) and (c)-(e), new subsections (f)-(g) and new Note filed 3-5-96; operative 4-4-96 (Register 96, No. 10).

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