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having an approval sticker or tag attached. The
WORKING ALOFT
shipboard electricians are responsible for inspecting
As an IC Electrician, you will have to go aloft to
personal electrical equipment.
perform maintenance on various IC circuits, such as
Electric shavers that have a completely insulated
the wind direction and wind speed detectors. You
housing and isolated cutting blades and that have no
should be familiar with the hazards and the safety
cracks in the housing or cord are authorized for use
precautions involved.
aboard ship. If in doubt whether your electric shaver
Personnel must obtain written permission from
complies, have it checked by the ship's electricians. If
the shaver ever falls into a wash bowl of water, let it
the officer of the deck (OOD) before going aloft. The
go. Unplug the cord from its receptacle, and take the
OOD must ensure that all energized radio and radar
transmitters have been placed in the STANDBY
shaver to the electricians for a safety check. Do not
position, that the power has been secured to all radar
use it again without first having it checked.
antennas, and that their associated controls are tagged
"SECURED: PERSONNEL ALOFT." The OOD must
No personally owned electrical appliances, such
also notify the engineer officer that personnel will be
as heating pads, space heaters, lights, or fans, are
working aloft to prevent the lifting of boiler safety
allowed aboard ship.
valves or the blowing of boiler tubes or steam whistles
while workers are aloft. The OOD will coordinate with
the OODs of adjacent ships to ensure that equipment
on their respective ships will not present a danger to
EXTINGUISHERS
personnel going aloft.
When at sea, fire aboard a Navy vessel can be
After permission has been obtained to go aloft, at
more fatal and damaging to both personnel and the
least two workers will be assigned to the work area,
ship itself than damage from battle. The Navy
along with a ship's Boatswain's Mate who is qualified
requires that all hands be damage control qualified
in rigging. When you go aloft, you must always be
within 6 months after reporting aboard ship. You must
equipped with a parachute-type safety harness, safety
learn the types of fire-fighting equipment and the
lanyard equipped with Dyna-Brake, working lanyard,
location and operating procedures of the equipment.
and climber safety device (if a climber safety rail is
installed). Before each use, you should inspect the
safety harness and lanyards for defects. NEVER use
The following general procedures are used for
defective equipment.
fighting an electrical fire:
While working aloft, you should secure all tools
1. Promptly de-energize the circuit or equipment
and equipment with lanyards to prevent dropping
affected. Shift the operation of the affected circuit or
them and injuring personnel below. Keep both hands
equipment to a standby circuit or equipment, if possible.
free for climbing, and be sure you always have good
footing and hand grasp. You should wear well-fitted
2. Sound an alarm according to station regulations
clothing. Loose or baggy clothes may become caught
or the ship's fire bill. When ashore, notify the fire
or entangled and cause you to lose your balance. Your
department;
assistant should stand clear of danger from falling
if afloat, notify the OOD. Give the location of the
objects below the work area. Your assistant should
fire and state what is burning. If possible, report the
also keep all personnel clear of the work area.
extent of the fire; that is, what its effects are upon the
After the work has been completed, the OOD
surrounding area.
should be notified immediately.
3. Secure all ventilation by closing compartment
air vents or windows.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
extinguishers
4. Attack the fire with portable
No personal electrical equipment, such as radios,
hose reel system, if available) as follows:
(or a
television sets, record players, tape recorders, and
Remove the locking pin from the release
hobby equipment, will be used aboard ship without
valve.
having received an electrical safety inspection and

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