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Port of Harlingen, Texas

Created in 1926, Port of Harlingen, Texas is a shallow draft barge port which is part of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. It is supplied by the Arroyo Colorado River and has a maintained width of 125 feet and depth of 12 feet. The turning basin is 400 feet wide and 14 feet deep. It is strategically located with access to rail, air and highway systems and is part of Foreign Trade Zone #62. The port handles 615,174 tons of commodities annually.

The principal imports here include gasoline, diesel, fertilizer, concrete sand and cement. Major exports are raw sugar, cotton, and grains. It is a strategic link in South Texas transportation and handles trade of bulk liquid cargo and petroleum. The port provides 169.9 millions of dollars in wages and salaries to its workers and has annual revenue of approximately 96.47 million dollars.

Dock and Port Accidents

Various types of accidents may occur in ports including dock accidents, forklift and vehicle mishaps, equipment failures, mistakes with cargo loading and unloading and falls. Companies must keep employees safe from workplace injuries. Employees need to be properly supervised and trained on how to safely use machinery. Hazardous conditions should be noted and quickly resolved. Slip and fall accidents are common, especially when areas become wet.

Safety equipment should be utilized on and near docks. Barrier systems such as netting are necessary to keep workers safe. Tethering devices help keep dock workers from falling off or being pulled into the water. Proper training ensures that workers take precautions to make sure they are safe before completing a dangerous task. Employees should never work alone.

Barge Safety

Barges are the primary vessel utilized at this port. Barge safety measures must be in place to keep workers from being injured while on the job. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provide information detailing safety procedures that should be in place. Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common hazards of working on a barge. Companies must take measures to ensure that employees are kept safe.

Decks and walkways are to be kept dry and free from debris. Spills need to be cleaned up immediately, and workers should wear shoes that prevent slips. Materials have to be properly stacked and secured. Workers should utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) when working in dangerous areas.

Companies are responsible for providing a safe workplace. A company could be negligent if they failed to take the necessary steps to protect workers in hazardous environments. Those who were injured in maritime accidents are protected under the Jones Act. Seriously injured workers or families of those killed while working can take legal action against a company that was negligent. If you were hurt in an accident in the Port of Harlingen, we can help protect your rights. Contact us today by filling out the online form.

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