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Why safety and upkeep is so important for at-sea vessels

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2022 | Maritime Accidents

Maritime workers in New York who are at sea most of their working time understand that the vessel is actually their home as well as their work environment. The boat is clearly much more than a mere work location for most. Vessels are also areas of constant activity, which can provide interaction resulting in accidents that ultimately can produce injuries. This means that safety is of the utmost priority, and vessel upkeep and maintenance is at the top of the list in this regard. There is a place for everything, and everything should be in its place unless being used. The problem is that safety and upkeep often get bypassed when profits are at stake.

Safety management guidelines

Safety on board shipping vessels is a very serious concern within the industry. Not only does it protect workers, but it can reduce expenses in the form of fewer work-related injuries. Per established maritime law standards, all shipping companies must craft a safety policy for each vessel within a specific protocol listing distinct safe ship operations and a process for reporting and investigating accidents and other potential issues. Areas of responsibility for management with clear lines of authority are also included.

Safety priorities

The fact that the vessel is also home to the seamen is also central to safety protocol particulars established within maritime legal standards. Hygiene is especially important under the current employment climate, and other potential hazards such as fire prevention and clear lines of sight for workers who are fulfilling job responsibilities in close quarters are also required.

Because the Jones Act allows employees to sue for general damages as a result of long-term injury impact, any violation of the ISM safety standards can be solid evidence supporting any pursuance of whole benefits following a maritime workplace injury. Additionally, violations of safety policy could indicate further negligence from employers.