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Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders
Article 35. Helicopter Operations
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§1901. General Requirements.

(a) Prior to the start of any operation involving the use of a helicopter, a thorough survey of the conditions and hazards on the job site shall be made by the employer in conjunction with the pilot or pilot's representative to ensure a safe operation.

(b) A Code Of Safe Practices shall be formulated and enforced for operations involving the use of a helicopter. This code shall include, but is not limited to, the safe practices presented in Appendix Plate C-36-a.

(c) A daily briefing shall be conducted prior to starting work to set forth the plan of operation for that day. This briefing shall include planning to minimize possible hazards of the day's operation and all personnel exposed shall be informed and directed as to safeguards and escape procedures.

(d) If the helicopter pilot in command for any reason believes that a lift or operation cannot be performed safely, then that lift or operation shall not be attempted.

(e) Helicopter operations shall not be performed beyond the helicopter's approved external load capacity or pilot's certification. The pilot's employer shall ascertain before operations begin that the pilot is properly certificated by the F.A.A. and qualified to perform the planned operations.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. Amendment filed 2-1-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 5).

2. Amendment of subsection (e) filed 5-1-87; operative 5-31-87 (Register 87, No. 19).

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