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Container Lashing and De-Lashing

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[MUSIC PLAYING] It's one of the most physically demanding and dangerous jobs on the waterfront-- lashing containers. Whatever the hour, whatever the weather, whatever the ship's equipment, layout, and condition. Just gotta be aware of your surroundings. There's all sorts of things to trip on and fall. If you fall, the stuff isn't like a mattress. It's steel. It's metal. You're going to get hurt. [MUSIC PLAYING] Containers are secured on ships by two support systems-- interlocking cones that link one container to another, and a system of rods and turnbuckles, by which the containers are lashed to the deck. The possibility always exists of catching your fingers in here, in here. When your one partner is adjusting this turn buckle so they could receive the bar, there's always a chance throughout this procedure that your fingers are going to be caught. [MUSIC PLAYING] Lashing containers is a dangerous business. Impact injuries from falling equipment can be fatal. Pinching can cost fingers and toes. Tripping and falls are common. And muscle strains go with the territory. Guys don't just get bruises. They either lose a limb, and arm, a finger, or they get killed. It's a very dangerous job down there. You've got to be aware of your surroundings at all times. A lot of the danger of lashing and de-lashing doesn't involve rods and turnbuckles. One of the most common accidents on ships is falling, tripping over equipment, tumbling into a bay, slipping on a ladder, stepping in front of a piece of moving equipment. [MUSIC PLAYING] Think safety first. Maintain up and down awareness and 360 degree awareness all around you at all times. [MUSIC PLAYING] Lashing involves three crucial points of contact-- a bar or rod attached to the container, a turnbuckle attached to the deck, and the turnbuckle and bar married together, tight and secure. I usually go like this so I don't go with it if the bar slip. Experienced lashers know the basics, like keeping two hands on the turnbuckle when securing it, in case you slip. [MUSIC PLAYING] Always work in pairs, and stay paired up, one on the bar, holding it in place, and one on the turnbuckle. Keep fingers, hands, arms, and legs out of the bite, where metal meets metal. What we're seeing in terms of the types of injuries are from bars falling. People getting their fingers caught between the bars and they turnbuckle assemblies here, because that other rod isn't being held on to and maintained in position. [MUSIC PLAYING] Think safety first. Maintain control of the bars at all times. Don't leave them hanging from the containers. If left unattended, they can come loose and fall. [MUSIC PLAYING] Protect yourself and your partner from injury with the right personal equipment. Always wear a hard hat, high visibility vest, and ear protection. Wear gloves and steel toed shoes. Lift with your legs, not your back to prevent strains. Work methodically and at an even pace, you'll be safer and more productive. Moving fast doesn't necessarily get the job done any faster. A slow, steady pace, make the right moves methodically-- moves that aren't gonna put you in harm's way, yourself or your partner. If we get people to do that, they'll become consistent in the work, and the work will get done at a good rate without putting anybody in harm. [MUSIC PLAYING] Take time to know the ship you're working on, which way to the bow and stern, the location of bays and the dimensions of containers, locations of the ladders, gaps in the deck, and potential hazards. Pay special attention to what's moving-- the cranes and containers. [MUSIC PLAYING] Think safety first. Know where the cranes are at all times. Never work or stand under a moving crane or container. Check with your foreman about required safety margins while working around active loading and cranes. If you have a question or see a situation you think might be dangerous, ask your foreman. The same skills that will make you productive, will also keep you safe, working as a team, communicating constantly, and staying aware of your surroundings every minute you're on deck. I have a kid that just started here, and I tell him, you be all eyes and all the ears all the time, because it's a very surprising kind of event in working on the waterfront. Things happen when you least expect it. That's when it happens, all the time. [MUSIC PLAYING] It's one of the most physically demanding and dangerous jobs on the waterfront-- de-lashing containers. During the voyage, loads have shifted, tensions on the lashings may have altered, and there's always a temptation to speed the work up to get it done more quickly. Just take a breath. Step back, take a breath, look at what you're doing, and think of it in terms of, how can I prevent an injury to myself or to my partner? When de-lashing, take the strain off your back by using your legs to release the turnbuckle. Store the rods and other gear properly, so it doesn't create a tripping hazard. And always be aware of the position of the cranes and loads. There's a right way and wrong way to handle rods once away from the container. If you aren't careful and aware of where your partner is, you're liable to hit them with the bar. Especially when turning with a rod, hold it vertically, so you don't blindside your partner. When standing a rod up off the deck or lowering it to the deck, brace one so it doesn't slip out from under you. [MUSIC PLAYING] Think safety first. Don't create new hazards during the de-lashing process. Stow the de-lashed gear properly. [MUSIC PLAYING] So I just want to make you aware of some of the hazards that are around this job. You can see the bars and the turnbuckles here. Also the stacker is down here. If you look around on the deck, there's a number of tripping hazards, so be careful where you're walking. Just take your time. Work with a partner at all times. Before you begin any shift on ship, it smart to review what you're going to do and the safety precautions you intend to take. It's called a safety, or toolbox, talk. This is the time to listen and to ask questions if you are new on the job or unfamiliar with the ship or the process. We've had bars slipping We've had fatalities. We've had a foreman climbing up the side of the hatch, up the ladder to get onto the deck, and meanwhile the Gantry crane was passing by and caught him, and killed him, he got pinched between the lid and the crane. [MUSIC PLAYING] Think safety first. Don't be afraid to ask a question. If you have a question or see a situation you think might be dangerous, ask your foreman. [MUSIC PLAYING] A lot of the danger in lashing and de-lashing doesn't involve rods and turnbuckles. One of the most common accidents on ships is falling, tripping over equipment, tumbling into a bay, slipping on a ladder, stepping in front of a piece of moving equipment. I had a very good friend of mine, went up the ranks with, that was literally cut in half by a lift truck and for reasons that, of course, was totally avoidable. That's the darn thing about these accidents. So often, they're totally avoidable. Make sure any avoidable hazards are marked, sealed off, or otherwise diminished. [MUSIC PLAYING] Think safety first. As you move about the ship, maintain three point contact, two legs and an arm, two arms and a leg, on all ladders at all times. [MUSIC PLAYING] You need to communicate really well. You need to know where your partner is. You need to know what's going on around you, and those are all safety skills. The best way to protect yourself and be productive is to be a partner, a safety partner. Anytime you're working with any partner, that's what the partnership is about. Its making sure both guys are safe. Think about yourself and the other guy. When you're laying down a turnbuckle on deck, pivoting with a long rod, stowing cones and other gear. And if you see something that might be endangering someone's safety, tell your foreman. There's a lot of injuries, somebody banging his knee on the ladder, or tripping on something that-- well, it's what you would call the inherent danger of the profession-- but those aside, many of the-- especially the most gruesome injuries that we've had-- were actually, when one sit down and starts analyzing it, was totally avoidable. Basically work slow, work safe, and be careful. We want everybody to go home in the same condition they came today. OK? Let's go to work. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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Posted by: maritimetraining on Feb 7, 2018

Container Lashing and De-Lashing

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