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Process: Surface Preparation and Preservation

 

Falls: Problems and Solutions

Problem

Applying or removing coatings from ship hulls often requires the use of aerial lifts or work platforms that are suspended at great heights. This exposes workers to potential falls that could result in serious injuries or death.

Worker engaged in the removal of coatings from a vessel’s hull

Worker engaged in the removal of coatings from a vessel’s hull.

Solutions

Guardrails on baskets and surrounding platforms do not, by themselves, provide adequate protection. Workers must be tied off when working from aerial lifts or suspended work platforms. In addition, all workers must be properly trained before using personal fall arrest systems.

A worker spray-painting the hull of a vessel from an aerial lift with donned fall protection and the appropriate locking-type snaphook to prevent disengagement.

A worker spray-painting the hull of a vessel from an aerial lift with donned fall protection and the appropriate locking-type snaphook to prevent disengagement

A worker spray-painting the hull of a vessel from an aerial lift with donned fall protection and the appropriate locking-type snaphook to prevent disengagement

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