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MODULE 9: Working Over or Near Water

August 23, 2022

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”18442″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Working Over or Near Water such as on barges, piers, crane supported work platforms and wharves, requires Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).

PFDs are required for all work over or near water unless detailed in the graphic below.

* Note 1: All USACE and contractor workers, including divers, must comply with the requirements below as well.

*Note 2: If utilizing PFDs with full body harness, the full body harness must be worn under the PFD. The type of PFD used must not interfere with proper use of a full body harness and lanyard.

When continuous fall protection is used, without exception, to prevent workers from falling into the water, the employer has effectively removed the drowning hazard and PFDs are not required.

*Note: When using safety nets as fall protection, USCG-approved PFDs are usually required, unless rationale is provided in the DFOW AHA.

When working over or near water and the distance from walking/working surface to the water’s surface is 25 feet or more, workers must be protected from falling by the use of a fall protection system and PFDs are not required.

When working over or near water where the distance from the walking/working surface to the water’s surface is less than 25 feet AND the water depth is less than 10 feet, fall protection will be required and PFDs are not required.

When working over water, PFD, lifesaving equipment and safety skiffs meeting the requirements of the EM 385-1-1 must be used as required.

When working from or in machinery or movable work platforms directly over water AND the depth of the water is at least 10 feet deep, fall protection is not required however, PFDs are required.

When there are hazards from currents, intakes, dangerous machinery or equipment, or barges, etc., fall protection must be required regardless of the fall distance and PFDs are not required.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”FALL PROTECTION VS PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE USE
WHEN WORKING OVER OR NEAR WATER
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