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Failure to adequately inspect material handling devices and rigging gear before use is necessary to ensure safe operations.
Note: Confined space entry is one of the leading hazards associated with barge cleaning. Review Shipbreaking: Confined or Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres for information on how to protect workers from this hazard.
It is a requirement that all material handling equipment be inspected. There are specific inspection requirements for:
- Ropes, chains, and slings.
- Shackles and hooks.
- Chain falls and pull-lifts.
- Hoisting and hauling equipment.
- Use of gear.
Failure to adequately inspect material handling devices and rigging gear may allow unsafe equipment to be used, and may result in serious accidents.
Requirements and Example Solutions
- Material handling gear and equipment used for materials handling and rigging must be inspected before each shift and, when necessary, at intervals during its use to ensure its safety. [29 CFR 1915.111(a)] See Figure 3.
- Defective material handling gear must be removed and repaired or replaced before further use. [29 CFR 1915.111(a)]
- The safe working load of material handling gear must not be exceeded. [29 CFR 1915.111(b)] See Figure 4.