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1910.268(j)(4) Derrick Trucks and Similar Equipment
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Moving parts of equipment and machinery carried on or mounted on telecommunications line trucks shall be guarded. This may be done with barricades as specified in paragraph (d)(2) of this section.
Derricks and the operation of derricks shall comply with the following requirements:
Manufacturer's specifications, load ratings and instructions for derrick operation shall be strictly observed.
Rated load capacities and instructions related to derrick operation shall be conspicuously posted on a permanent weather-resistant plate or decal in a location on the derrick that is plainly visible to the derrick operator.
Prior to derrick operation the parking brake must be set and the stabilizers extended if the vehicle is so equipped. When the vehicle is situated on a grade, at least two wheels must be chocked on the downgrade side.
Only persons trained in the operation of the derrick shall be permitted to operate the derrick.
Hand signals to derrick operators shall be those prescribed by ANSI B30.6-1969, "Safety Code for Derricks", which is incorporated by reference as specified in §1910.6.
The employer shall ensure that the derrick and its associated equipment are inspected by a competent person at intervals set by the manufacturer but in no case less than once per year. Records shall be maintained including the dates of inspections, and necessary repairs made, if corrective action was required.
Modifications or additions to the derrick and its associated equipment that alter its capacity or affect its safe operation shall be made only with written certification from the manufacturer, or other equivalent entity, such as a nationally recognized testing laboratory, that the modification results in the equipment being safe for its intended use. Such changes shall require the changing and posting of revised capacity and instruction decals or plates. These new ratings or limitations shall be as provided by the manufacturer or other equivalent entity.
Wire rope used with derricks shall be of improved plow steel or equivalent. Wire rope safety factors shall be in accordance with American National Standards Institute B30.6-1969.
Wire rope shall be taken out of service, or the defective portion removed, when any of the following conditions exist:
The rope strength has been significantly reduced due to corrosion, pitting, or excessive heat, or
The thickness of the outer wires of the rope has been reduced to two-thirds or less of the original thickness, or
There are more than six broken wires in any one rope lay, or
There is excessive permanent distortion caused by kinking, crushing, or severe twisting of the rope.