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Top Tips_Cargo Handling

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Maritime Training Services Inc. Today, we're going to go over some of the essential tips for handling shipboard cargo. Knowing some of these tips can be the difference between life and death. Whoa! That was heavy. Okay, here we go. Number 1: Protection equipment. You know what they say, you got to dress for success. The proper personal protection equipment or PPE is super important and going without it puts you at grave risk. Whoa! We just got heavy again. So, remember, use it properly and make sure it's well maintained. Number 2: Identify shelter positions. It's important that you're aware of the shelter options to protect you in the case of falling cargo, or where you can wait until the hoisted cargo has been placed. Number 3: Securing the cargo. Just like people, I like my cargo secure. Nothing worse than unsecure cargo. Am I right? Secured cargo is safe cargo. And it needs to be secured as soon as it's placed in the storage area. Cargo that's not in containers must be secured at all times. Unsecured cargo can seriously injure someone. Ah! Number 4: Proper use of lifting equipment. Using equipment like wire ropes, hooks, forklifts and cranes can be a lot of fun but you need to use them the way they're intended to be used, misuse puts lives in jeopardy. Also, make sure equipment has been tested and maintained according to the relevant rules and regulations. Number 5: No standing under hoisted cargo. Duh! When cargo is being handled there's always a danger you'll be hit if you're standing in its path or underneath it. There are two facets to this particular safety aspect. First, the crane operator must ensure a safe path for the hosting of the cargo. And second, the on deck personnel must make sure that they are well aware of the loading path and stay clear of incoming cargo. Number 6: Entering enclosed spaces. Sometimes, while handling cargo, you'll have to enter an unventilated cargo hold. If it's oxygen deficient or it contains toxic gases, it can lead to death. Follow your company's enclosed space entry procedures to ensure the area is properly ventilated. Look, I am your father. Number 7: Proper visibility. Don't work in poor visibility. If you feel that visibility is affected by something like the weather condition, take the necessary steps to improve the lighting on your work spaces. Also, it's important to work in proper lighting. Working in improper lighting is a recipe for disaster and can cause serious accidents. Plus it makes you look terrible. Number 8: Handling bulk cargo. Bulk cargo loading and unloading involves many personnel and moving loads. It's important to supervise cargo operations to protect both the cargo and the crew members working in the hold, on the dock or on the shore. Number 9: Contact your supervisor. If you feel at any point that the safety of the workplace is compromised in any way or form, contact your supervisor. It's true, nobody likes a tattletale, but nobody likes to be dead or injured either. Oops! Got dark again. And that's it. That's the top nine tips for safe cargo handling on ships. Thanks for watching and stay safe.

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Posted by: maritimetraining on Sep 12, 2017

Top Tips_Cargo Handling

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