Shipboard Cargo Handling Stevedoring Safety Guide

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Section 1

 General

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  • (I) Responsibility of Ships and Lighter Owners
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  • 1.It is the responsibility of the owner of a vessel to provide safe ship’s gear and equipment, safe means of access and safe working places for all cargo-handling workers on board the vessel; and responsible for the periodical inspection and maintenance of this equipment and gears, to ensure those equipment are in normal working order.
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  • 2.It is the responsibility of the owner of a vessel to provide necessary information, training, instruction and supervision to everyone working on board vessel, to ensure the safety and health while they are at work. The safe working practices, the potential risks and the necessary safety measures while engaged in cargo handling operation are the information that must be provided by the owner of vessel.
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  • 3.When vessels are carrying dangerous goods, it is the responsibility of the owner of a vessel to inform stevedore workers and other person working on board, about its stowage location, potential hazards and safety measures needed to be observed.
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  • 4.It is the responsibility of the owner of a vessel to provide proper personal protective equipment, such as safety harness, safety helmet, safety shoes etc, and to ensure these personal protective equipment are properly used and maintained.
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  • 5.It is the responsibility of the owner of a vessel to provide suitable and adequate first aid medicines and life saving equipment, such as life jacket and life buoy etc, and must be readily accessible on board vessel.
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  •  (II) Responsibility of Stevedoring Company and Sub-contractors
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  • 1.To provide adequate personal protective clothing and gears, such as safety helmet, safety shoes and safety harness to workers employed.
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  • 2.To provide training of safe working practices on cargo handling operation to workers employed.
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  • 3.To appoint experienced person with adequate knowledge of safety to charge and supervise cargo handling works on board vessels.
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  • 4.To provide proper lifting gear that has been tested and examined for use by workers employed.
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  • (III) Responsibility of Stevedoring Supervisors
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  • 1. To assign workers for job suitable to age, state of health and skill, and to be properly supervised.
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  • 2. To ensure workers carrying out cargo handling work in a safe and healthy environment.
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  • 3. To ensure workers complying with the safe working practices of cargo handling for avoidance of accident.
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  • 4. To ensure workers using lifting appliances and lifting gear in a proper manner.
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  • 5. To ensure and supervise workers using personal protective equipment properly.
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  • (IV) Responsibility of Stevedore Workers
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  • 1. Worker should not remove , alter, displace or interfere with any safety device provided for their protection, or the protection of others, or interfere with a method or practice which has been adopted to avoid accident or injury.
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  • 2. Worker should report any defects of equipment or any hazardous situation to a responsible person.
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  • 3. Worker at work should co-operate with his supervisor to comply with the safe working practices for prevention of accident or bodily injuries to himself or others.
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  • (V) Responsibility of reporting accident
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  • 1. It is the legal requirement under the Shipping and Port Control (Cargo Handling) Regulations, Cap. 313 that ship owner, master or cargo handling supervisor should report the incident in writing or verbally to the Director of Marine, and shall furnish written report of full particulars to the Director of Marine within 24 hours, for any of the following incidents happened in the course of any process of cargo handling:-
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  • (a)a person is killed or seriously injured in an accident;
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  • (b)a crane, winch, hoist or other appliance used in hoisting or lowering cargo collapses or fails (other than breakage of a chain or rope sling); or
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  • (c)a person, cargo or equipment is lost overboard from a vessel.
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  • 2. A person shall be deemed to be seriously injured if he is admitted to a hospital immediately after he sustains injury for observation or treatment.
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  • 3. The public should report the above incident verbally to the Marine Industrial Safety Section (Tel: 2982 4472-4) during office hours, or report incident to the Vessel Traffic Centre of Marine Department outside office hours (Tel: 2858 2107).
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  • 4. Written report of accident may please forward to the following address: Marine Industrial Safety Section Room 2315, 23/F., Harbour Building, 38 Pier road, Central, Hong Kong. Fax No. 2543 7209.
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  • (VI) Concerns of people of the industry
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  • 1.For the sake of safety, people of the industry should read safety and health guidance and possible proposed amendment of this booklet thoroughly.

 

 

 

SOURCE: http://www.oshc.org.hk/others/bookshelf/MB318E.pdf