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Safe Working with containers
  • 15 Jun 2017


Modo Container workers daily safety is primary concern of company. We learn from the shipping company how to work safely with containers.


The decks, hatch covers, lashing bridges and holds of a container ship can be hazardous places to work. To avoid accidental injury, exercise care and follow these rules:


• when working on deck, always wear high visibility clothing, safety shoes and a hard hat
• always install temporary fencing and safety bars before starting cargo operations
• never allow fittings to be thrown onto the ship’s deck from a height

• check that sliding sockets and stacking cones are removed from hatch covers


before opening


• when working in the vicinity of moving containers, never work with your back towards a container or stand where a swinging container could strike you
• never stand or walk under a raised container
• never place your hand or clothing under a container that is being lowered
• when working on the top or side of a container, use safe access equipment and never climb containers
• if working from a portable ladder make sure the ladder is properly secured, has non-slip feet so that metal-to-metal contact is avoided. Wear a safety harness, a hard hat and high visibility clothing. Attach the line from the harness to a secure point and arrange for a member of the ship’s crew to stand-by to assist
• take care climbing onto a lashing bridge. There could be loose items of equipment that can fall or the safety bar could be across the opening
• tidy loose equipment that is lying on decks, hatch covers, lashing bridges and coamings. These are trip hazards
• never climb up a stack of containers. Use an access cradle
• take care when fixing penguin hooks or lashing rods, as these can slip and strike someone
• avoid excessive stretching, bending or leaning when placing lashing rods. Their weight can be deceptive

• close access gratings after passing through. They are there to protect you


Lashing areas Ships should be arranged to enable safe application and inspection of container lashings. Work areas should be of adequate dimensions, free from trip hazards, provided with fall protection and with adequate lighting. Transit areas should be free from obstructions and trip hazards. They should have adequate headroom, lighting and non-slip walkways. The main working positions are between stacks, on lashing bridges, outboard and on hatch cover ends. A risk assessment of working positions should be arranged to identify hazards and to enable corrective action. When completing these assessments, the following requirements for safety during the application of lashings should be considered
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