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Process: Surface Preparation and Preservation


Overexertion: Problems and Solutions


Photo of workers moving items through ship

Photo of workers moving items through ship

Spray painting and deck covering jobs require transporting heavy containers of consumable materials to the job site.

Having to use ladders to move through the ship increases the physical challenge of moving these materials.


Solution 1:
Photo of workers using smaller containers

Depending on the material requirements of the job, it may be appropriate to use smaller containers. Smaller containers require less physical exertion to safely balance the load.







Solution 2:
Illustration of vertical access trunk - Heavy containers at the top - Post warning signage during operation - Vertical access trunk

Vertical access trunks and mechanical assistance may substantially reduce the risk of overexertion when using large volumes of material.

Additional care must be taken to ensure that this alternative method of material handing is performed safely:

  • Properly secure the mechanical hoist.
  • Post warning signs near trunk accesses on levels not being used.
  • Remove warning signs and close temporary trunk platforms when finished.
Photo of the inside of a vertical access trunk

Photo of the inside of a vertical access trunk


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