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Common dangers for longshoremen to watch out for

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2023 | Admiralty And Maritime Law

As a longshoreman, you have grown accustomed to hard work and sometimes less-than-ideal work conditions. With such a physically demanding job in a sometimes unforgiving environment, there are many hazards you need to remain aware of.

Your surroundings can pose some of the most dangerous to traverse. Take a look at some of the common hazards that lead to injuries among dock workers.

What are common accident causes?

While almost anything can lead to an injury, some elements of your job may put you at a higher risk. These include:

  • Machinery
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Chemical exposure
  • Fires
  • Falls

Weather is a condition you need to consider when performing your job. Aside from the rain making docks and decks slippery, lightning can strike you and any adjacent areas. The wind is a factor in operating heavy machinery when loading and unloading cargo.

What are common injuries?

The most common injuries longshoremen face are those associated with the heavy lifting that comes with the job. Muscle strains, especially to the back, may make even simple tasks more difficult and painful. Serious injuries, such as head trauma, may result from falling or getting struck in the head by machinery.

What can you do after an injury?

After receiving a medical diagnosis and treatment plan, you should report your injury immediately. The Jones Act does not cover longshoremen, but the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation, or the DLHWC, does. Finding someone who can help you through your claim is crucial to getting the help you need after a tragic accident.


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