- Part Number:1918
- Part Number Title:Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring
- Subpart:1918 Subpart G
- Subpart Title:Cargo Handling Gear and Equipment Other Than Ship's Gear
- Standard Number:
- Title:General (See also Appendix IV of this part).
- GPO Source:
Employer provided gear inspection. All gear and equipment provided by the employer shall be inspected by the employer or designated person before each use and, when appropriate, at intervals during its use, to ensure that it is safe. Any gear that is found upon such inspection to be unsafe shall not be used until it is made safe.
Safe working load.
The safe working load of gear as specified in §§ 1918.61 through 1918.66 shall not be exceeded.
Gear weight markings. The weight shall be plainly marked on any article of stevedoring gear hoisted by ship's gear and weighing more than 2,000 lbs. (.91 metric tons).
Certification. The employer shall not use any material handling device listed in paragraphs (f) and (g) of this section until the device has been certificated, as evidenced by current and valid documents attesting to compliance with the requirements of paragraph (e) of this section.
Certification procedures. Each certification required by this section shall be performed in accordance with part 1919 of this chapter, by a person then currently accredited by OSHA as provided in that part.
Special stevedoring gear provided by the employer that has a SWL of five short tons (10,000 lbs. or 4.54 metric tons) or less shall be inspected and tested as a unit before initial use according to paragraphs (d) and (e) of this section or by a designated person (see Table A in this paragraph (f)(2)).
|Safe working load||Proof load|
|Up to 20 short tons (18.1 metric tons)||25 percent in excess.|
|From 20 through 50 short tons (18.1 to 45.4 metric tons)||5 short tons in excess|
|Over 50 short tons (45.4 metric tons)||10 percent in excess|
Every spreader that is not a part of ship's gear and is used for handling intermodal containers shall be inspected and tested before initial use to a proof load equal to 25 percent greater than its rated capacity. In addition, any spreader that suffers damage necessitating structural repair shall be inspected and retested after repair and before being returned to service.
[62 FR 40101, July 25, 1997; 65 FR 40945, June 30, 2000]