OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 25 Tools, Equipment and Machinery

Section 383 Sawmill log carriage

(1) An employer must ensure that a sawmill log carriage has

(a) a substantial buffer stop at each end of the carriage travel,

(b) a carriage with a safety device that keeps the head blocks not less than 30 millimetres from the saw,

(c) each head block equipped with a dog, and

(d) sweepers at the front and back of the carriage to clear obstructions from the track.

(2) A worker must not use frayed or worn rope, whether fibre or wire, on carriage drives.

(3) An employer must ensure that a sawyer’s lever, operating the carriage drive mechanism, is designed and constructed to operate in the opposite direction from the direction the carriage travels if the operator’s position with respect to the carriage could put the operator in danger.

(4) An employer must ensure that

(a) a sawmill with a device for turning logs has a hold-down device installed on the carriage, and

(b) a secure restraining device maintains the carriage drive control mechanism and the log-turning control in neutral if the operator is not at the controls.