Marine Terminal Accidents
Marine terminals and shipyards are busy places with activities that may include loading and unloading of cargo, ship docking, vessel repair, ship dismantling, ship building, and maintenance. With so much activity taking place the shipyard is a place where accidents may occur. An accident can happen at any place including in the shipyard, on a vessel, and on a dock.
There are many types of accidents that can occur in and around marine terminals. Some of these include:
- Crane accidents
- Forklift mishaps
- Slip and falls
- Crush accidents
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Burn and hot work incidents
- Fires and explosions
- Dock mishaps
Some incidents occur on land while others happen on the ship or dock areas. Incidents due to the mishandling of cargo can cause back, neck and internal injuries among others.
Working with cargo often requires employees to work on the deck as well as on a dock. Accidents can happen on the dock when handling cargo, when docking a vessel or when working on ships. The pier may be slippery, causing workers to fall. Employees could fall or be pushed off the dock when working with equipment or shipments.
Some dock accidents can be prevented by utilizing safety methods. Workers who are in danger should use a fall restraint system. This protects workers by securing them in place using a harness and lanyard that is affixed to an anchor point. It keeps the employee from getting too close to a fall hazard, such as the edge of a pier. In situations where a fall restraint system isn’t used, a fall arrest system is required. This system does not keep a worker from falling but instead provides some protection by catching him if he falls so that he suffers minimal injury.
Proper Equipment Use
Equipment malfunction can result in injuries to marine terminal workers. Ships require the use of various types of heavy equipment as well as a number of different tools. When something goes wrong, the result can be a serious injury to an employee. Equipment should be inspected daily to make sure that it is in proper working order. Regular maintenance must be done, and items that are not functioning well must be taken out of service. The terminal itself should be checked for safety and must have enough room for workers to perform their tasks safely. The ground needs to be cleaned on a regular basis to remove grease, oil or other substances that make it slippery.
Employees need to be properly trained to perform their jobs. Additionally, they need to be taught safety procedures to keep all workers safe. The company must have emergency measures in place to handle accidents if they happen. The failure of the company to provide a safe work environment or to adequately train workers could cause injuries. If an accident or injuries happen because of the company’s negligence, the injured worker may be able to seek legal action to get compensation for medical expenses and other damages due to the accident.