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What injury risks do maritime workers face?

| May 24, 2021 | Admiralty And Maritime Law

When you work near water and on a boat or rig in Tennessee, you face unique risks when you go to work each day. Your familiarity with common injury risks can help you protect your well-being.

Your adherence to industry regulations and company guidelines can reduce your risks of injury.

Slips, trips and falls

Slipping, tripping or falling can result in broken limbs, head injuries, and even amputation or paralysis in serious cases. Seeing that you work around water, precipitation can create slippery surfaces, increasing your chances of losing your balance.

To prevent injuries from these types of accidents, make sure you wear proper safety equipment and gear. Invest in a good pair of slip-resistant footwear. Use gloves that have a strong grip. Be mindful of where you step. If your vessel moves, position yourself appropriately so you can maintain your balance. If you notice a hazard that could increase your fall risk, act promptly to remove it or immediately notify your crew until you can find a solution.

Miscommunication and negligence

Miscommunication can also impact your safety. Lackluster reporting or shoddy procedures for checking in and out can cause confusion and put everyone’s lives on the line. When working with equipment, in particular, miscommunication can cause serious accidents including falling overboard.

Negligence threatens your safety too. Your employer should implement protocols for handling crew members who violate the rules to incentivize everyone to remain compliant. They should encourage your participation in safety training courses. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, training, procedures and controls can educate you about how to stay safe. Even though your job is dangerous, prioritizing your safety can improve your productivity without compromising your well-being.