1918.21 General requirements.§ 1918.21 General requirements.
The employer shall not permit employees to board or leave any vessel, except a barge or river towboat, until all of the applicable requirements of this subpart have been met.
(a) If possible, the vessel's means of access shall be located so that suspended loads do not pass over it. In any event, suspended loads shall not be passed over the means of access while employees or others are on it.
(b) When the upper end of the means of access rests on or is flush with the top of the bulwark, substantial steps, properly secured, trimmed and equipped with at least one substantial handrail, 33 inches (.84 m) in height, shall be provided between the top of the bulwark and the deck.
(c) The means of access shall be illuminated for its full length in accordance with § 1918.92. 2
2 § 1918.92 requires, along with other requirements, an average light intensity of five foot-candles (54 lux).