Floating operational equipment

19 Floating operafionalequipment
19.1. General provisions
19.1.1. The following provisions apply to all floating opera-
tional equipment and all land equipment which is used on water.
19.1.2. Gangways, pontoons, bridges, footbridges and other
walkways or workplaces over water should:
possess adequate strength, stability and buoyancy;
be sjfficiently wide to allow safe movement of workers;
have level surfaces free from protruding knots, bark, nails,
bolts and other tripping hazards;
if necessary to prevent danger, be boarded over;
if necessary to prevent danger, be adequately lighted when
natural lighting is insufficient;
be provided at appropriate points with sufficient lifebuoys,
lifelines and other life-saving equipment;
where practicable and necessary to prevent danger, be provided
with toe-boards, guard-rails, hand ropes or the like;
be kept clear of tackle, tools and other obstructions; and
(1) be strewn with sand, ashes or the like when made slippery
by ice.
19.1.3. Floating structures should, if necessary to ensure
protection, be provided with shelters.
19.1.4. Floating structures accommodating machinery should
be provided with fencing or guard-rails and toe-boards on all
19.1.5. Floating operational equipment should be provided
with sufficient and suitable rescue equipment such as lifelines,
gaffs and ring buoys.
19.1.6. Ring buoys should always be kept readily accessible
on the deck of floating operational equipment.

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