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Process: Shipfitting


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Steel plate is hard on your knees. Bring kneepads to the job site and wear them.

Not all injuries show up immediately - some take time.

Photo: Worker kneeling on a steel plate. Also includes an inset photo of a knee bone.

Steel plates are hard on your knees. Bring kneepads to the job site and wear them.

Not all injuries show up immediately - some take time.

Photo: Worker kneeling on a steel plate with knee pads working.

Do yourself a favor - wear knee pads.


If things can go wrong - they just might.

Photo: Workboot
Photo: Close-up of workboot showing hole from steel slipping


A large plate of 1/2 inch thick scrap steel needed to be relocated.

Two employees attempted to move the plate by hand.

One employee lost his grip, his end of the steel slipped and it landed on the edge of his boot.

The results could have been worse. In this case, no missing toes and no broken bones. Just a cut work boot.

Steel plates do not care about your feet.

Photo: Lift Control



But you should!


There is no right way to do the wrong thing.

Make the right lifting decisions every day.


You are smart enough to wear fall protection

Photo: Fall Protection Clip

Please "clip-in" (hook-up). Every time!


Work Safe - Expect the Unexpected

Photo: Parachutes


Wearing fall protection and forgetting to "click-in" (hook-up) before starting
a job, is like parachuting and forgetting to pull the ripcord.


You worked hard to line it up right

Photo: Wall with braces and bolts lined up

Are you going to be in the right place if something suddenly pops loose?

Work Safe - Expect the Unexpected


Everybody needs good job site ventilation.

Photo: Ventilation

Are you absolutely sure the vent you're about to cut into isn't in use?

Diagram: Ship with figure using a utility knife to potentially cut a hole in the line for ventilation. Also, shows the potential impact on the three figures below deck --- Your need for a vent line.... doesn't justify putting others at risk of injury.

First, know where it goes.


A bad splice can put your health at risk:

  • Lower air volume
  • You might not notice ventilation failure immediately
Photo: Close-up of Splice
Photo: Close-up of Splice

Splice it like your health depended on it.

Photo: How to cut back and splice properly
Photo: How to splice properly
Photo: How to splice properly


  • Make a single loop on one piece
  • Pull over to other end and make another single loop



  • Make two diagonal loops in one direction
  • Make two diagonal loops in the other direction




  • Loop farther out (about a tape width)
  • Keep looping until you reach the same location on other end
Photo: Grapes plus sun equals Raisins

You do the math!

Photo: Worker with protective equipment working in the sun





You are dressed for work in enough layers to go out on a snowmobile even though you could fry an egg on the deckplate.


That is nature's way of telling you to hydrate.

You can not fool mother nature for long.

Stay hydrated!

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