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PDFWAC 296-54-583

Loading logs.

(1) A positive means of communication must be established and used between the truck driver and the employee loading logs to control the movement of the log truck being loaded.
(2) No one is permitted alongside or underneath trucks being loaded or on the load until communication has been established with the loading machine operator and the truck driver, and the employee is assured that it is safe to be there.
(3) Logs being moved or loaded must not pass over any employee or an occupied vehicle, equipment or truck cab.
(4) Standing between a truck cab and a log being loaded or unloaded is prohibited.
(5) Logs must not be lowered to the bunk while bunk or block adjustments are being made or until the employee making these adjustments is in the clear.
(6) Standing underneath a suspended trailer or its reach is prohibited.
(7) Loads must be built up or loaded in a manner to be stable without the use of wrappers. Wrappers are considered only as precautionary measures to ensure stability of the load.
(8) Where there is a danger of the grapple slipping off of logs, straps must be used in loading logs that are too large for the grapple or tongs and must be hung in both eyes.
(9) Logs must be loaded in a manner to prevent excessive strain on wrappers, binders, bunk stakes, bunk chains or straps.
(10) Logs in any tier or layer unsecured by stakes or cheese blocks must be well saddled and have their diameter centers inside the diameter centers of the outer logs of the next lower tier or layer.
(11) Bunk and wing logs must extend at least twelve inches beyond the front and rear bunks or stakes. When fixed bunks are used, logs must extend at least six inches beyond the front and rear bunk or stake.
(12) Double-ended logs above the stakes must not be loaded on the side of the load from which the binders or wrappers are intended to be released.
(13) Logs must be loaded so that no more than one-third of the weight of any log extends beyond the end of the logs or bunk supporting it.
(14) Logs must be loaded in a manner that will not impair full and free movement of the truck.
(15) Each log not contained within the stakes must be secured with at least two wrappers before the truck leaves the vicinity of the landing/loading area.
(16) All of the required wrappers must be placed on the load within sight of the landing/loading area so immediate emergency assistance can be given if necessary.
(17) Loads or logs must not be moved or shifted while binders are being applied or adjusted.
(18) The transport vehicle must be positioned to provide working clearance between the vehicle and the deck.
(19) All limbs or knots that would project beyond the stakes or legal height must be removed before the log is loaded on the car or truck.
This does not apply to incidental limbs/knots placed on loads during the normal loading process.
(20) Power saws must not be operated on top of loaded logging trucks.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060, and chapter 49.17 RCW. WSR 17-17-131, § 296-54-583, filed 8/22/17, effective 10/22/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, [49.17].040 and [49.17].050. WSR 99-17-117, § 296-54-583, filed 8/18/99, effective 12/1/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040, 49.17.150 and 49.17.240. WSR 79-10-081 (Order 79-14), § 296-54-583, filed 9/21/79.]
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