The management and shipping of cargo entails specific dangers, including political, social, economic, and technical concerns.

Assessing these potential hazards enables logistics service providers to establish safety measures.


Every cargo operation should involve a shipping planning phase in which transportation engineers and project logistics experts collaborate to determine the most viable strategy for securely transporting the load.

This is perhaps the most important phase of the risk management process, as it will assist create the entire operation based on the specifics of the cargo and determine the best approach to convey it.

It is critical that shipping workers are fully informed of the numerous factors that must be kept in mind in order to undertake cargo handling activities on ships safely.

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Workers must use appropriate PPE near cargo handling danger zones and take care of its upkeep, as well as inspect the PPE for any damages prior to use. Understanding that what PPE is mandatory when working on the dock is critical for transporting cargo from one location to another.

Aside from having the necessary protective equipment, the best method to avoid damage to the customer’s cargo throughout the loading and unloading operations is to train workers on how to operate it properly. When dealing with project cargo requirements, it is preferable to have professionals that can operate shipping container cranes, forklifts, and anything else required to load/unload the goods.

Cargo handling danger zones must be clearly designated and marked in order to alert workers of potential hazards and prevent unauthorized entry into the operations area. Another danger that must be considered for safe operations while working on the docks or ports is working at height hazard, which could result in a fall from height. Working at height hazards might arise during normal activities, maintenance tasks, or sudden or unplanned events. Working on the docks has additional danger of working near water means that a fall could result in drowning.

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Related FAQs

What is the cargo handling?

Cargo Handling refers to all transportation activities that take place at warehouses and logistics centres. Cargo handling encompasses all tasks performed in warehouses and logistics centres, including loading and unloading cargo, conveying cargo, storage, picking, and sorting.

What is cargo handling on ships?

Cargo handling on ships is typically used as a link in a commercial route connecting distant destinations. Goods passing via the route must be transported to and from the sea link; they must also be cared for while aboard the ship, and they must not pose a risk to the ship or its crew.

What is hazardous cargo?

Hazardous Cargo, also known as Dangerous Goods, refers to the substances, materials, and articles covered by the IMDG Code and are shipment that is considered hazardous due to its flammability, corrosiveness, toxic nature, or other attributes. These items must be handled with extreme caution due to their dangerous nature, and any incorrect information, miscommunication, or fraudulent documents might have serious consequences and be devastating to human life on land or aboard a ship.


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