12/09/2010

Providing safer conditions for shipyard workers when shipbreaking

The US-American Occupational Safety and Health Administration extended its
Shipbreaking National Emphasis Program.

Shipbreaking is the process of dismantling an obsolete vessel's structure for
scrapping or disposal. Conducted at a pier, drydock, or dismantling slip, it
includes a wide range of activities, from removing all gear and equipment to
cutting down and recycling the ship's structure. The structural complexity of
ships makes shipbreaking a challenging process. It involves many safety, health
and environmental issues.

Shipbreaking workers face hazards including falls from scaffolds and ladders,
burns from welding torches, and illnesses from exposure to asbestos, lead and
other substances.


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