Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

Process: Shipfitting



The shipyard is a very dynamic work environment. For the shipfitter, the vessel or vessel section is the workplace and it is in a constant state of change while under construction, being refitted, or repaired. Shipfitters' work can constantly take them from one area to another on the vessel and they may encounter many fall hazards on a daily basis. For example, access cuts in deckplates to install or remove vessel components can create a hazard for anyone moving through the area if proper guarding is not used. Likewise, coverings such as staging boards or gratings can be moved from one location to another so care must be taken to ensure that temporary coverings are used.

Shipfitters must make sure that if they create a potential fall hazard that appropriate measures are put into place to protect fellow employees. Good housekeeping practices also reduce the potential for slips, trips and falls.

man standing on single board
man falling down stairs
men walking on ramp over pipes


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