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 Rail System

Once the top of an overhead crane is reached, workers will need to be protected (restrained) against a potential fall. Since guardrails can obstruct the workers in maintaining objects underneath the crane, a lifeline or horizontal rail system can be more desirable. Workers can attach themselves by means of a lanyard to the systems runner and so easily move along the trajectory while being constantly anchored. Read more…

Temporary XSGuardrail 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. The XSFlex guardrail system is an all-in-one solution when it comes to collective fall protection measures.

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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