Working at Heights

On a working ship, even a fall from a low height can be very serious and potentially deadly. Hard metal surfaces and sharp equipment present seafarers with numerous hazards. Learn the necessary preparations and procedures to perform work at heights safely and how to respond appropriately in the event of an accident.


  • Risk identification and crew preparation
  • The importance of a shipboard rescue plan
  • Work site preparation and management
  • The dangers of suspension trauma
  • Proper use of harnesses and fall arrest systems
  • Best practices for equipment storage and readiness
  • Permit to work and job hazard analysis (JHA) procedures

Script Sample:

In developing a rescue plan within your JHA, consider the following:

  • What is the type of situation that might require rescue of a worker?
  • What is the difficulty to recover a fallen or suspended worker?
  • What is the level of competence of the workers involved in a rescue?
  • Is there any specialized equipment that might be required?
  • Are there any other hazards that might be encountered during a rescue, such as breathing problems or chemical exposure?
  • Are those involved in a potential rescue aware of the effects of suspension trauma, and prepared to provide appropriate medical care?
Available on:On Demand
Length: 15
Audio: EN
Subtitles: EN, FR, SP
Item no: DVD0-58
Categories: Personal Safety
STCW: Able Seafarer Deck (A-II/5)

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