Maritime construction accidents can be even more severe than those that occur on land because marine environments and vessels pose unique risks and challenges to people working on them. It’s important that New York employees understand these risks and how to avoid them.
What are some of the most common marine construction accidents?
One of the most common marine construction hazards is falling. Falls from vessels and piers pose a serious risk to people, particularly in older vessels and docks that do not have fall protection measures in place. When employees fall overboard or onto these surfaces, they can suffer severe injuries to their head, neck, and back areas.
Machinery often causes construction accidents. When ships are under repair, shipyard workers use a lot of large and small equipment that could pose serious threats to their safety if they’re not used properly. Some common marine construction injuries from machinery include amputations, crush injuries, and electric shock or electrocution.
Finally, marine construction workers often face the risk of fires and explosions. Whether it’s welding or using marine equipment, there are many electrical sources of ignition on vessels that can cause fires.
How can marine construction workers avoid incurring injuries?
To prevent marine construction accidents, it’s best that employers and marine construction workers inspect vessels and docks regularly to ensure that there is no damage or deterioration. Secondly, they should maintain machinery on a regular basis, including replacing safety components, like guards, so they continue working properly. It also helps to ensure that all employees are using personal protective equipment, such as hard hats and eye and face protection.
If you’ve ever faced a maritime accident, then you probably know how devastating these incidents can be. Thankfully, with these safety tips in mind, marine construction workers can better avoid accidents.