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Access to Vessels, Access to Cargo and Confined Space, Guarding of Deck Opening and Edges, and Working

Improper access to vessels, spaces, dry docks, and marine railways increases the risk of fall, struck-by, and crushing hazards.

Inadequate guarding of drydock and marine railway equipment exposes workers to crushing and caught-between hazards such as pinch-point. Deck edge and work surface guards are critical in preventing elevated falls.

Note: Confined space entry is one of the leading hazards associated with barge cleaning. Review the Ship Repair: Confined or Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres chapter for information on how to protect workers from this hazard.

Figure 2: Properly guarded gangway

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