This fact sheet describes the motor-vehicle safety equipment, operation and maintenance requirements of subpart F - General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment, as specified in 29 CFR 1915.93. These provisions are effective August 1, 2011.
Shipyards allow motor vehicles, pedestrians, and sometimes bicycles to share the same areas due to the size and layout of their facilities. This arrangement may cause difficulties for protecting workers while they are moving around the shipyard. While most states currently have seatbelt laws, those laws do not extend to private property. Motor vehicles include any motor-driven vehicle operated by an employee to transport employees, materials, or property. These vehicles include passenger cars, light trucks, vans, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, small utility trucks, powered industrial trucks, and other, similar, vehicles.
Motor-vehicle safety equipment refers to the systems and devices installed for the safe operation of vehicles. These items include safety belts, airbags, headlights, tail lights, windshield wipers, emergency/hazard lights, brakes, horns, mirrors, locks, defrosters, and windshields.
For those shipyards that have motor vehicle traffic intermingled with pedestrians and/or bicyclists, employers must take action that will ensure that motor vehicle operators are able to see and avoid harming those workers. Measures that an employer may implement include:
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