With the exception of 1918.25(b)(2), ramps used solely for
vehicle access to or between barges shall meet the requirements of
When employees cannot step safely to or from the wharf and a
float, barge, or river towboat, either a ramp meeting the requirements
of paragraph (a) of this section or a safe walkway meeting the
requirements of 1918.22(f) shall be provided. When a ramp or
walkway cannot be used, a straight ladder meeting the requirements of
1918.24 and extending at least three feet (.91 m) above the upper
landing surface and adequately secured or held against shifting or
slipping shall be provided. When neither a walkway nor a straight
ladder can be used, a Jacob's ladder meeting the requirements of
1918.23 shall be provided. Exception: For barges operating on the
Mississippi River System, where the employer shows that these
requirements cannot reasonably be met due to local conditions, other
safe means of access shall be provided.
When a barge or raft is being worked alongside a larger vessel,
a Jacob's ladder meeting the requirements of 1918.23 shall be
provided for each gang working alongside unless other safe means of
access is provided. However, no more than two Jacob's ladders are
required for any single barge or raft being worked.
When longshoring operations are in progress on barges, the
barges shall be securely made fast to the vessel, wharf, or dolphins.
[62 FR 40141, July 25, 1997]