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Process: Shipfitting

 

Falls: Problems and Solutions

Problems

loose wires and pipes on deck

Service lines, hoses and leads on deck that cross over walkways present potential tripping hazards.

missing deck plate

Missing plates or grating may cause injury to shipfitters, particularly if they are carrying equipment, tools, or other material that prevents them from seeing the hazard.

Solutions

men walking on ramp over pipes
Option 1

Neatly arranging the lines, hoses and leads, and using ramps as crossovers, will help eliminate tripping hazards and lessen the possibility of damage to service lines.

wires hung on pipe tree
Option 2

Using brackets made of pipe, often referred to as "trees," is another method for keeping lines, hoses and leads off the deck. Below decks, hangers may be used to keep passageways free of trip and fall hazards.

temporary plywood hatch cover

Replacing grating when leaving the work area or covering deck openings with temporary covers (as shown here) are good methods for preventing injury.

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