01/28/2008

Proposal on Shipyard Employment

Working in shipyards is one of the riskiest occupations. Shipyard employees are
at risk due to the nature of their work, which includes a wide variety of
industrial operations, such as steel fabrication, welding, abrasive blasting,
burning, electrical work, pipefitting, rigging and stripping and coating
applications. They also operate complex or heavy equipment such as cranes and
powered industrial trucks. The hazards associated with these work activities
are heightened because they are often performed outdoors in all kinds of
weather, onboard vessels, in confined or enclosed spaces below deck, on
scaffolds and on busy and crowded docks filled with equipment and material.

The safe coordination of these work activities is also complicated by the fact
that most shipyards are multi-employer worksites where shipyard employees,
ship's crew, contractors and subcontractors work side-by-side and often on the
same ship's systems at the same time. The combination of these hazards presents
a significant risk of injury to shipyard employees whether they are working on
vessels or at landside operations.

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on General Working Conditions in Shipyard
Employment was published by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA). The proposed rule is designed to help reduce
hazards and provide greater protection for shipyard employees. It also updates
and clarifies provisions in the shipyard employment standards, including
establishing minimum lighting for certain worksites, accounting for employees
at the end of work shifts if they work in confined or isolated spaces, and
adding uniform criteria to ensure that shipyards have an adequate number of
appropriately trained first-aid providers.

More info


AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor  Occupational Safety & Health Administration