Fri, 05 February 2016

There is probably no more hazardous an area at on-shore maritime facilities such as boatyards, repair facilities and marinas than that around lifts and slings.  While these areas do not necessarily have the potential for catastrophic incidents such as those where petroleum products are used (fueling or engine maintenance) or hazardous and explosive materials stored or employed, they are an area to which managers and owners of facilities using slings and lifts need to attend.  An average of 26 employees on construction sites die each year from improper use of aerial slings.  While similar statistics for marine facilities are not available there are equivalent dangers in our port, boat/shipyard and marina facilities.  While death is always a concern, more often failure to properly use this type of equipment or neglecting to follow proper procedures can result in significant personal injuries.  While litigation is always a concern, lost time and the potential disability of a valued employee can have significant business implications.

To reduce the potential impact on marine businesses from accidents resulting from the improper use of slings and lifts, managers need an aggressive awareness and training program.  While on-site management-led safety awareness should be employed, providing workers the specific knowledge about using these devices and associated hazards is even more critical.  Doing this with actual equipment can cost the facility due to non-availability of equipment during the training, instructor expenses, employee labor costs, and operating costs for hands-on use.  That cost can be reduced by off-loading some of the training to a distance learning approach, allowing employees to gain some familiarization and facilitating the acquisition of some knowledge on their own.  

SSA member MYMIC Global Limited plans to release in March 2016 an on-line interactive training module available off-the-shelf that covers the generic hazards of operating lifts and slings that will meet the needs of marina, port and boat/ship yard operations. Customization of that training to the needs of a specific site is also possible; quotations available on request from MYMIC.  For additional information or to schedule a consultation on this topic\n please contact MYMIC Global Managing Director, Dr. Tom Mastaglio,,  +1 353 87 791 1169/+1 353 66 946 0100.

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