- MSC and Seafarer’s International Union came to agreement on
the appropriate arrangements for this new requirement which are
a. MSC will provide a “grace period”, 12-months from the
date of implementation, for any CIVMAR who exceeds the 295 lbs.
Subj: PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MSC PERSONNEL IN CONNECTION
WITH USE OF FALL PROTECTION ARREST SYSTEM (PFAS) SAFETY
weight limit. The purpose of this “grace period” is to allow a
CIVMAR sufficient time to lose weight in order to get at or
below 295 lbs. All “grace periods” will expire one year after
the implementation date.
b. MSC agrees no administrative action, specific to the
Fall Protection Arrest Safety System (FPAS) equipment, will be
taken until after the 12-month “grace period” has passed and the
CIVMAR remains above the limit. During this “grace period”, any
affected CIVMAR will retain his/her current rating but will not
be assigned to work aloft.
Is MSC planning on firing all ratings that fall under this advisory and weigh over 295lbs starting Sept 2014 (after the 12 month grace period)? Is this a factor that MSC HR considers when hiring new employees?
I would have to assume that the 295lbs limit was born out of the swl of the harnesses or arrestors used to go aloft. Why did this issue come to a head in 2013? Were there any accidents involving folks who were 295lbs+ and working aloft?
I thought it was just assumed that the big boys didn’t go aloft in the same way they weren’t expected to be able to fit into a firefighter’s turnout gear. What about cold weather immersion suits? Are suits available that will fit a 295lbs+ man or woman?
Have the weight discrimination lawsuits start rolling in yet?