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OSHA Spud Barge Safety Fact Sheet


Fact Sheet

During marine construction work deck barges are held in place by vertical steel shafts known as spuds. The spud equipment typically consists of forward and aft spuds and a diesel engine-powered spud winch. Three methods are available to prevent the spud from accidentally dropping or slipping: latching the winch foot brake; engaging a steel pawl that fits into a notched ring on the outside of the winch drum; and inserting a steel securing pin directly through the fully raised spud, preventing it from free-falling if the winch or cable fails.


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