Temporary surfaces on which loads are to be landed shall be of sufficient size and strength to permit
employees to work safely.
When the edge of a hatch section or of stowed cargo
may constitute a fall hazard to an employee, the edge shall be guarded by a vertical safety net, or other means providing equal protection, to prevent an employee
from falling. When the employer can demonstrate that vertical nets or
other equally effective means of guarding cannot be used due to the type
of cargo, cargo
stowage, or other circumstances, a trapeze net shall be rigged at the
top edge of the elevation or other means shall be taken to prevent injury
if an employee
falls. Safety nets shall be maintained in good condition and be of
adequate strength for the purpose intended.
When two gangs are working in the same hatch on different levels, a vertical safety net shall be rigged and
securely fastened to prevent employees or cargo from falling. Safety nets shall be maintained in good condition and be of adequate strength for the purpose intended.
[62 FR 40141, July 25, 1997]