OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 382 Sawmill head rig

This section outlines the employer’s responsibilities for circular head saws in sawmill head rigs. The term “head rig” means a combination of head saw and log carriage used for the initial breakdown of logs into timbers, cants, and boards. A sawyer is a worker in a sawmill who operates the head rig or main saw.

The employer must make sure that circular head saws have adjustable guides and splitters that are located not more than 75 millimetres from the back of the head saw, and that extend not less than 250 millimetres above the carriage bench. Adjustable guides maintain true tracking of saw circumference and control flexing of the saw.

The employer must also ensure that the upper half of a top saw on a circular head rig is covered. The employer must also ensure that circular head saw guide adjustment controls are operated remotely from the guides.