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General Requirements Lifeboats
When working on or in lifeboats, care should be taken to ensure the lifeboat does not fall.

Lifeboats
Figure 1: Workers subjected to fall hazards in suspended lifeboat.
Figure 1: Workers subjected to fall hazards in suspended lifeboat.

Figure 2: Improper practice - Workers subjected to fall hazards in suspended lifeboat.
Figure 2: Improper practice - Worker must not be in a life boat while it is hoisted into the final stowed position.
Potential Hazards:

Injuries have the potential to occur due to workers falling out of lifeboats or the lifeboat being released from suspension with workers inside.

Requirements and Example Solutions:
  • Work must not be performed in or on a stowed or suspended lifeboat unless the lifeboat is secured independently from its releasing gear (29 CFR 1915.86(a)).
  • Workers are prohibited from being located in a lifeboat while it is being hoisted or lowered, unless deemed necessary during operational tests or drills over water, or in the event of an emergency (29 CFR 1915.86(b)).
  • No work is permitted on the outboard side of a lifeboat that is stowed on its chocks, unless the lifeboat is secured by gripes or another device that prevents it from swinging (29 CFR 1915.86(c)).
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