Figure 1: Portable step ladder used to access interior spaces in vessel.
Figure 2: Fixed ladders used to access mobile rail crane.
Ladders are used in shipbreaking to allow workers to gain access to multiple levels, and in some cases to work from. Hazards associated with the use of ladders include falls from the ladder caused by structural failures, poor placement, and inappropriate work practices.
Fiberglass, aluminum, and ship's ladders that are also used in the shipyard and their maintenance requirements are addressed under the general requirements. [29 CFR 1915.72(a)]
Note: There are specific requirements for construction of portable ladders that are less than 30 feet and 30-60 feet. [29 CFR 1915.72(b) and (c)]
Additional requirements for ladders use:
Note: Confined space entry is one of the leading hazards associated with barge cleaning. Review the
Shipbreaking: Confined or Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres chapter for information on how to protect workers from this hazard.