U.S. Department of Labor
Process: Surface Preparation and Preservation
Falls: Problems and Solutions
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.
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.