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Staying safe when you are working on an oil platform

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2019 | Maritime Accidents

If you are working in and around boats in New York, you are exposed to many unique risks that have to be carefully navigated to prevent unnecessary injuries from happening. At Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha LLP, we are committed to being advocates for people who have been involved in boating accidents. 

As part of your preparation for working on an oil platform around large boats, you should receive adequate training that educates you about how to manage the risks you are exposed to. You should also be informed of the protocols you should take if one of your coworkers is involved in an accident and emergency help is required. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you should receive specialized training about the safety practices that your employer has implemented for the following areas:

  • Handling hazardous chemicals and transferring them between work stations. 
  • Working near power sources, including specific instructions on how to shut the power off in an emergency. 
  • Preventing fires from igniting by properly handling specific tasks. 
  • Preventing falls from occurring by removing hazards, eliminating clutter and wearing proper footwear. 

You should also understand how to take care of yourself when you are working a long shift or if you will be exposed to the sun for an excessive length of time. When you are aware of what you can do to stay safe at work, you can more effectively prevent hazards from turning into dangerous risks. You can also be more confident in your ability to perform your job responsibilities safely and effectively. For more information about maritime accidents, visit our web page.