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General Working Conditions >> Work In or On Lifeboats
When working on or in lifeboats, care should be taken to ensure the lifeboat does not fall.
Injuries have the potential to occur due to workers falling out of lifeboats or the lifeboat being released from suspension with workers inside.
Requirements and Example Solutions
Work must not be performed in or on a stowed or suspended lifeboat unless the lifeboat is secured independently from its releasing gear (29 CFR 1915.86(a)). Workers are prohibited from being located in a lifeboat while it is being hoisted or lowered, unless deemed necessary during operational tests or drills over water, or in the event of an emergency (29 CFR 1915.86(b)). No work is permitted on the outboard side of a lifeboat that is stowed on its chocks, unless the lifeboat is secured by gripes or another device that prevents it from swinging (29 CFR 1915.86(c)).