Weather decks. If a deck load (such as lumber or other smooth
sided deck cargo) more than five feet (1.52 m) high is stowed within
three feet (.91 m) of the hatch coaming and employees handling hatch
beams and hatch covers are not protected by a coaming at least 24-inch
(.61 m) high, a taut handline shall be provided along the side of the
deckload. The requirements of § 1918.35 are not intended to apply in
There shall be a three-foot (.91 m)
working space between the stowed cargo and the coaming at both sides
and at one end of the hatches with athwartship hatch beams, and at both
ends of those hatches with fore and aft hatch beams, before
intermediate deck hatch covers and hatch beams are removed or replaced.
Exception: The three-foot (.91 m) clearance is not required on the
covered portion of a partially open hatch, nor is it required when
lower decks have been filled to hatch beam height with cargo of such a
nature as to provide a safe surface upon which employees may work.
For purposes of paragraph (b)(1) of this section, fitted
gratings that are in good condition shall be considered a part of the
decking when properly placed within the three-foot (.91 m) area.
Grab rails or taut handlines shall be provided for the
protection of employees handling hatch beams and hatch covers, when
bulkheads, lockers, reefer compartments or large spare parts are within
three feet (.91 m) of the coaming.
The clearances in this section do not apply to hatches opened
or closed solely by hydraulic or other mechanical means; except that,
in all cases in which the three-foot (.91 m) clearance does not exist,
cargo that is stowed within three feet (.91 m) of the edge of the hatch
shall be adequately secured to prevent cargo from falling into the
[62 FR 40101, July 25, 1997; 65 FR 40944, June 30, 2000]