Port work consists of handling, storing, transferring and transporting materials by several operators within the same area in constantly changing conditions and situations, using heavy equipment where the operators’ visibility from the machinery is often quite limited.
Constant observation and caution are thus essential while moving and working at a port.
Winter further increases the difficulty of the already challenging conditions. The water vapor rising from the dock creates icy surfaces and occasionally produces fog, which limits visibility. In these conditions, roadways and deck structures of vessels can become extremely slippery.
The wind decreases the temperature further, which means that warmer clothing is required at the port. Thick clothing hinders movement and makes it more difficult to observe the surroundings, for example in terms of hearing.
The soles of your shoes harden in the freezing cold, which means that footwear that normally provides sufficient grip becomes stiff and slippery, thus creating a safety risk. Due to this, we recommend using non-slip devices or studded shoes at the port in the wintertime.
A healthy amount of mistrust toward the conditions and situations is the key to safety when moving within the safety area.
Safety is part of the job description
Occupational safety at the port is best developed and maintained by recognizing the significance of the constantly changing conditions and constant observation of situations, as well as anticipating potentially hazardous situations.
Your best tools for affecting occupational safety are the example you provide to others and your attitude.
Being cautious while moving within the port area does not mean you are inexperienced but is instead a sign of extensive experience.