7. Collisions. Normally, traffic between drafts and
stowed cargo should keep to the right.
Personnel should be cautioned to be alert to
avoid foot injuries caused by the dropping or
shifting of heavy objects. Care should be taken
in operating forklifts, tow motors, etc., to
prevent collisions with obstructions and
8. Standing in the bight of a line. Personnel should
be cautioned never to stand in the bight of a line
or the eye of a cargo strap or sling. The result
might be the loss of leg(s) or more serious injury.
SLIPPING AND FALLING
During loading and offloading there are several
potential dangers which may cause slipping and falling.
Some of the most common of these are described as follows:
Open hatches. Guards should be posted near
open hatches, and safety lines must be rigged
around such openings when stores are being
loaded or offloaded.
Temporarily covered hatches. Temporarily
covered hatches, such as hatches covered with
tarpaulins, may offer a greater danger than open
hatches. Such coverings should not be used
except when absolutely necessary due to
inclement weather, etc.
Riding hooks or loads being hoisted. During the
loading of stores, personnel should never be
allowed to ride cargo-handling equipment such
as hooks, cargo nets, pallets, etc., being hoisted
from the dock to the ship.
Removed handrails. When handrails are
removed to load stores or for other reasons,
guards must be posted or the working area roped
off to prevent personnel from falling overboard.
Ladders. Personnel should not be allowed to
use ladders in the square of a hatch when stores
are being lowered or hoisted in the hatch. Great
care should be exercised in the use of ladders
when hatchboards from several decks have been
removed. Stairway-type ladders should be used
when practicable and available.
Defective wharf. The inspection and
maintenance of the wharf or pier are primarily
the responsibility of the shore station. However,
defective flooring, etc., should be reported by
the Storekeeper immediately upon detection of
Slippery decks. To prevent injury to personnel,
a slippery material such as oil, grease, or ice on
decks and piers should be removed at once or
covered with sand, cinders, sawdust, or other
SHIPMENT OF PERSONAL EFFECTS
Personal effects consist of articles having an
intimate relation to the owner or custodian. They may
include Navy-owned special clothing and equipment,
clothing prescribed by the Navy Uniform Regulations,
money, negotiable and nonnegotiable instruments, and
miscellaneous articles of intrinsic, sentimental, and
You may be called upon from time to time to effect
disposition of personal effects that were lost,
abandoned, or unclaimed. They may have belonged to
personnel missing, deceased, desired absentees, or
deserters. When the owner of personal effects cannot
be located, every effort must be made to locate the next
of kin, the heir, or the legal representative of the owner.
It is the responsibility of commanding officers afloat
and ashore to initiate inquiries for this purpose.
As a member of the supply department, you may
share some of these responsibilities. Upon receipt of
personal effects, the supply department is responsible
for their custody, storage, security, shipment,
disposition, and for the maintenance of adequate
records of them. Detailed instructions for conducting
the inventory of personal effects and preparing
NAVSUP Form 29 are found in NAVSUP P-485. A
sample NAVSUP Form 29 (both front and reverse sides)
is shown in figures 14-18 and 14-19.
A Storekeeper afloat is seldom concerned with the
shipment of household goods. At a shore station,
however, an SK may be assigned to a billet requiring
knowledge about shipments. Before you can advance
in rate, therefore, you must meet the qualifications
covering the shipment of household goods.
Shipment of personal effects is accomplished using
DD Form 1199 (see figure 14-20). NAVSUP P-485
contains instructions for preparing it as a shipping
document for personal effects.