I came upon the photograph below, from a friend at Coos Bay, Oregon. It shows ILWU members lashing logs aboard a bulk carrier, in preparation for the vessel's ocean voyage.
Over the last few years, OSHA has cited Pacific Northwest Stevedoring firms for not providing effective fall protection whenever falls of 8 feet or more may exist aboard ship.
The other side of the argument has two prongs:
1). Some employers argue, that while it is possible to provide fall protection in many such circumstances... it is technically impossible to provide it in all circumstances, owing to physical constraints;
2). Some employees argue, that in many cases it is more dangerous to artificially confine/limit the mobility of a log lasher ... in that he/she may be required; at a moment's notice, to instantaneously move away from quickly developing dangerous circumstances, i.e., shifting stows, etc.
For those of you familiar with such operations, what do you think?