Marine workers in New York are working in one of the most dangerous industries. Ships have many hazards, and when work-related accidents occur out at sea, it can be more difficult for injured workers to get medical attention. Here are four of the most common accidents that occur on ship decks:
#1: Slip and fall
Slip and fall accidents happen frequently across all industries and result in a lot of personal injury claims. It makes sense that they would be common on a ship deck, where waves create uneven walking surfaces and wet areas. Slipping, tripping and falling can be even more common on ship decks where grates or railings are missing.
#2: Lifting accidents
Lifting and carrying heavy objects are tasks that happen regularly on ship decks, and workers should be trained in proper lifting techniques. Because walking onboard a ship is already hazardous, extra care should be taken while carrying things. You should make sure that the load you’re carrying isn’t disturbing your vision, and you should take small, deliberate steps forward.
#3: Machinery accidents
A lot of different types of machinery are used on ship decks including cranes and other heavy-duty lifting gear. There are also smaller electrical tools used that can create a risk for electrocution accidents. Personal protective equipment should be worn when necessary, and workers should be properly trained to use machinery.
#4: Man overboard
Man-over-board accidents are something unique to the maritime industry. When a slip and fall accident results in a worker falling off the ship deck, this is a very dangerous situation. These accidents occur most often while ship decks are being washed or painted and while work is being done outboard.
#5: Compensation for ship deck injuries
If you are employed on a ship, you may be able to file a claim for injuries that you sustained while working. Depending on where the accident occurred, coverage could be provided by either the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.