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What are the dangers that ship’s engine room workers face?

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2020 | Maritime Accidents

Of all the roles that you can hold on a ship, working in a boiler room is one of the riskier jobs. The high temperatures and pressure systems in a ship’s engine room can make for a hazardous work environment. Accidents may happen even you implement the best safety and precaution measures in the ship’s boiler room.

Some types of boiler room accidents are more common than others. A ship’s crankcase may explode, which can cause devastating consequences for those who work in its vicinity. One of the worst aspects of crankcases is that they contain small oil-based microparticles. Any worker who comes in contact with hotspots can cause a flame to ignite out-of-control.

Generators may over-speed when you first start them. They may malfunction during this time. Internal parts such as the connecting rod, crankshaft, nuts or bolts may become detached as the generator loses control. If crew members aren’t successful in evacuating quickly enough, then they can be severely injured.

Equipment in boiler rooms is often highly pressurized. Explosions are a common occurrence. Fuel may begin dripping inside of the furnace. It can lead to blowback or an explosion if it’s substantial enough. Misfired or overheated boilers can explode. The boiler may have an unpredictable response if it hasn’t been pre or post purged after a worker uses it.

If you have been the victim of a boiler room explosion, you’ll be delighted to learn that New York and federal laws may allow you to recover medical bills, lost wages and other injury-related expenses. An experienced attorney here in Manhattan can advise you what type of compensation you may be entitled to depending on the nature of your work on the ship.