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DGFASLI, Mumbai, Ministry of Labour, Government of India.

  • Prior to the use of container spreader, the work supervisor, foreman or any authorised person shall ensure that it is in good working order and has been tested as per the provisions under regulation 47 (1).
  • Single or multi-legged slings shall not be used for lifting of containers.
  • The weight of the container and the spreader used shall be noted in relation to the safe working load of the lifting appliance or transport equipment used.
  • When loading or discharging, the container shall be hoisted squarely under the plumb to avoid swinging of the container.
  • The special lifting appliances employed in container handling shall be operated only by the operators possessing adequate knowledge and skill for these operations.
  • Lifting appliances employed in container handling shall be operated under the guidance of a signaller who shall be properly trained. When the signaller is not in a position to communicate effectively with the operator of the crane, other effective means of signalling like walkie-talkie, short wave radio, etc. shall be employed.
  • When a container is being lowered or hoisted from a chassis, no person shall remain in the cabin of its prime mover.
  • No person shall be standing on a container while-
    • it is being lifted or lowered; and
    • another container is being lifted or lowered adjacent to it.
  • No person shall be lifted to the top of a container by a container spreader which is being lifted by a crane or any other appliance
  • When a ladder is used to climb to the top of a container the ladder shall be of sound construction provided with anti-skid devices or suitable securing arrangements and there shall be someone to hold the bottom of the ladder wherever necessary.
  • When workers have to work on top of the containers-
    • it shall be ensured that the surface is dry and clean to avoid slipping; and
    • suitable and safe means shall be provided to the workers for going on top of containers and attending to lashing and unlashing of containers.
  • Pedestrians shall not be allowed in any part of the container terminal other than the passages marked for their use.
  • The container shall be firmly secured to the chassis of truck by means of twist locks before it is transported.
  • All containers employed in dock work shall be tested, maintained, Inspected and approved by a competent authority.