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safety. The safety of personnel and equipment is list  as  a  guide  for  training.  Remember  that  the the responsibility of all hands. This way everyone need  for  speed  during  an  emergency  situation  may is  safety  conscious  and  it  will  make  your  job outweigh  the  value  of  some  safety  precautions. easier. In figure 4-11 we listed safety precautions However,  do  not  ever  suspend  safety  practices that should be used by cargo handlers. Use this unless  the  degree  of  urgency  warrants  it.  In  all SAFE  MATERIALS-HANDLING  PRACTICES 1.  Wear  safety  shoes  and  helmets. 2.  Do  not  wear  rings. 3. Use the accommodation ladder or brow for boarding or leaving the ship. 4. Use the ladders in the square of the hatch only when the hoist is not in motion. 5.  Use  the  walkway  on  the  ship’s  side  away  from  the  side  on  which  cargo is  being  worked. 6.  Secure  all  lashings  to  permanent  deck  fastenings.  Never  depend  on  movable objects  lying  on  deck  (dunnage,  hatch  covers,  and  so  forth). 7.  Secure  hatch  rollers  properly. 8.  Lower  blocks,  crowbars,  slings,  bridles,  and  other  objects  into  the  hoId by  cargo  falls  or  other  lines.  Do  not  drop  or  throw. 9. Stack hatch covers in an orderly manner. Disorderly piles create tripping and  stumbling  hazards. 10.  Lay  strongbacks  flat  to  prevent  tipping  over. 11.  When  removing  or  replacing  strongbacks,  keep  them  between  you  and the  open  hatch. 12.  Stand  in  the  clear  away  from  suspended  loads. 13. When steadying loads, always face them and keep your feet in the clear. 14.  Stand  clear  of  slings  being  pulled  from  under  loads. 15. Stand clear when strongbacks and hatch covers are handled on the deck above. 16. Be particularly careful when handling objects with sharp or rough edges. 17.  Learn  and  practice  proper  lifting  techniques  to  prevent  strains  and  sprains. 18.  Never  walk  backwards. 19.  Step  down  from  elevators,  do  not  jump. 20.  Report  all  defects  in  tools,  materials,  and  equipment. 21. Report all injuries, however slight, and get immediate first aid or medical attention. 22.  Do  not  smoke  in  holds  and  storerooms. 23.  Know  the  location  of  fire-fighting  equipment. 24. Do not engage in horseplay, practical jokes, or arguments while working cargo. Figure 4-11.—Materials-handling safety precautions. 4-15

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