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Access to Vessels Access to Cargo and Confined Space Access to Cargo and Confined Space Working Surfaces Guarding of Deck Opening and EdgesClick on an area for more specific information.
Access and Guarding of Working SurfacesFigure 1: Access and guarding of working surfaces: Access to Vessels, Access to Cargo and Confined Space, Guarding of Deck Opening and Edges, and Working Surfaces.

Improper access to vessels, spaces, dry docks, and marine railways increases the risk of fall, struck-by, and crushing hazards.

Inadequate guarding of drydock and marine railway equipment exposes workers to crushing and caught-between hazards such as pinch-point. Deck edge and work surface guards are critical in preventing elevated falls.

Note: Confined space entry is one of the leading hazards associated with barge cleaning. Review the Ship Repair: Confined or Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres chapter for information on how to protect workers from this hazard.



Requirements and Example Solutions
Figure 2: Properly guarded gangway
Figure 2: Properly guarded gangway.

Figure 3: Guarded deck opening
Figure 3: Guarded deck opening.

Figure 4: Scaffolds with guardrails in place
Figure 4: Scaffolds with guardrails in place.
It is important to note that:
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