Fall protection safety on board of a ship

Various laws and requirements are written about working on a ship (or working at open sea), but specialized work such as working at height requires more than just a law. Proper training and the accommodation of the right fall protection equipment is also an important factor. Anchorage or fall prevention systems can be used for more than the purpose of working at height, they can also be required while working on deck to prevent users from a fall from a moving ship. Several options are available, from single anchor points to horizontal rail or guardrail systems.

Horizontal XSRail System

Aboard ships crew members often have to work at height, for example on top of the bridge to perform maintenance. Working in these areas is dangerous due to the risk of falling into a lower level deck or into the water. A fall of only a short distance can already result in serious injury.  A rail system is ideal for work in these areas as it has very little deflection and is suited for situations were a limited fall clearance is available. Workers get complete freedom of movement due to the systems’ runner to which they attach their lanyard. Read more…

Temporary Guardrail system

When working on deck while a ship is docked, any open ends that generate a potential fall hazard must be protected. Next to various anchorage systems that can be applied on deck of a ship, the option of a temporary solutions is also open.

This free-standing guardrail system is a temporary solution, meaning no drilling into the surface (the deck) is required upon installation. The uprights of the guardrail are kept into place by means of solid counterweight blocks. Next to the straight (stand up) feature, this guardrail can easily be folded down into a lying position so, for example, the hoisting of goods on board can be done. Read more…


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