- Part Number:1918
- Part Number Title:Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring
- Subpart:1918 Subpart H
- Subpart Title:Handling Cargo
- Standard Number:
- Title:Containerized cargo operations.
- GPO Source:
The container being lifted is an ISO "closed box container";
* After July 26, 1999, where a container gantry crane is being used to handle containers, the employer shall ensure that no employee is on top of a container. Exception: An employee may be on top of a container only to perform a necessary function that cannot be eliminated by the use of positive container securing devices.(6)
Each fall protection system's fixed anchorages shall be capable of sustaining a force of 5,000 pounds (22.2 kN) or be certified as capable of sustaining at least twice the potential impact load of an employee's fall. Such certification must be made by a qualified person.(7) When more than one employee is attached to an anchorage, these limits shall be multiplied by the number of employees attached.
When "live" (activated) container gantry crane lifting beams or attached devices are used as anchorage points, the following requirements apply:
The crane shall be placed into a "slow" speed mode;
Vertical tandem lifts. Operations involving the lifting of two or more intermodal containers by the top container shall be performed following § 1917.71(i) and (k)(1) of this chapter.
[62 FR 40141, July 25, 1997; 65 FR 40946, June 30, 2000; 73 FR 75290, Dec. 10, 2008]
Footnote(5) heavily laden container is one that is loaded to within 20 percent of its rated capacity. (Back to Text)
Footnote(6) Examples of work that may not be eliminated by positive container securing devices and that may require employees to work on top of containers include, but are not limited to: installing or removing bridge clamps; hooking up or detaching over-height containers; or freeing a jammed semi-automatic twist lock. (Back to Text)
Footnote(7) For the purposes of this paragraph, qualified person means one with a recognized degree or professional certificate and extensive knowledge and experience in the subject field who is capable of design, analysis, evaluation and specifications in the subject work, project, or product. (Back to Text)
Footnote(8) For the purposes of this paragraph, qualified person means one with a recognized degree or professional certificate and extensive knowledge and experience in the subject field who is capable of design, analysis, evaluation and specifications in the subject work, project, or product. (Back to Text)