the line back and forth two or three times. Lash boxes
tight against something solid, such as a bulkhead.
When this is not possible, place planks or dunnage
across two or more stanchions or beams and lash the
box against them.
Do not tie lashings to electric cables small or
lagged pipes, door or hatch dogs or hinges, electric
motors, lifeline stanchions, or to anything not firmly
Hazardous chemicals and materials used by the
Navy are identified as Military Standard (MIL-STD)
symbols. The symbols are listed in HMIS and are for
stowage and materials-handling operations only. The
type of symbols used is determined by the material
Stowing Hazardous Materials
Requirements for stowage of industrial chemicals
and materials are provided by the assignment of
stowage codes. These codes are listed in HMIS.
It may be necessary to stow some cargo on deck
because of its nature, size, or shape. This cargo may
include flammables, bottled gases, acid, heavy
machinery, and vehicles. Considerable care and
planning are necessary in securing this cargo to provide
for the safety of personnel and the ship and the security
of the cargo.
Cargo must be located so that vents, firefighting
equipment, bitts, chocks, and sounding tubes are not
blocked off. It may be helpful to measure and mark off
stowage locations with chalk prior to loading. Cargo
must be properly secured to prevent shifting because of
pitching or rolling of the ship. To accomplish this, it is
often necessary to weld padeyes or braces to the deck.
Deck cargo is normally stowed by Boatswains
Mates. When it is necessary for you to stow cargo on
deck, make sure that the cargo is adequately protected
against the weather, sea, and motion of the ship, and that
personnel and the ship are protected against injury or
damage by the cargo.
Accidents are costly in human life and property
damage. The Storekeeper should observe safety
precautions and make sure that all personnel working
under your supervision observe safety precautions at all
times. The hoisting and handling of heavy stores, the
handling of powerdriven equipment, and the storing of
acids and material subject to for and explosion are all
dangerous tasks. Proper safety precautions must be
rigidly observed to prevent accidents. Always
remember Accidents do not just happen; they are
caused. Among the more common types of accidents
encountered in the handling of stores are personnel
being hit or thrown, or slipping and falling. These are
discussed in the following paragraphs.
BEING HIT OR THROWN
Personnel may be hit or thrown due to any of the
Defective equipment. Worn or defective
equipment should be reported immediately
upon detection. Temporary repairs to items
such as chains and slings must not be made with
Thrown or tipped objects. Personnel must not
be allowed to throw objects such as blocks,
crowbars, and chain slings from the hangar deck
down into storerooms. Personnel working aloft
should be cautioned not to drop tools or objects
to the deck below.
Improperly assembled drafts. Cargo nets
should never be loaded in such a manner that
items are likely to fall out or be crushed during
Not standing clear. The words stand clear
should be passed when cargo or hoisting gear is
being lowered into a hatch or from the hangar
deck to the pier. Personnel in storerooms should
go forward or aft of the hatch opening when
cargo is being lowered.
Improper landing. Cargo should be guided to a
safe landing after being stopped about 1 foot
above the deck.
Loads stopped overhead. If loads being hoisted
must be stopped before being lowered, they
should be stopped over the weather deck never
over open hatches or over the heads of