Port of Houston, Texas

The Port of Houston was dredged to form a deep channel that first opened in 1914. Since then it has grown to become the first ranked port in foreign tonnage. The total trade was 229,246,833 cargo value in short tons as of 2013. It is the largest of all Texas ports, having 46% of the market share based on tonnage and 95% of market share in total containers.

The port handles a variety of imports and exports. Primary imports are petroleum products, iron and steel, crude fertilizers, organic chemicals and wood and wood products. Exports include petroleum and petroleum products, organic chemicals, cereals, plastics and fats, and oils. There are two main container terminals, Barbours Cut and Bayport.

In addition to cargo operations, a 95-foot public tour boat operates 90-minute tours along the Houston Ship Channel leaving from Sam Houston Landing. The public can view operations at Turning Basin Terminal and see international cargo ships. The boat holds 100 passengers and the trip is offered at no charge.

Marine Terminal Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provide information for port terminal companies to utilize to ensure a safe working environment for employees. Employers must comply with the OSHA regulations and have a general duty to provide workers with a workplace that is free from hazards that could be likely to cause serious injuries or death. Some of the most common possible accidents involve:

  • Hazardous materials
  • Forklifts
  • Heavy machinery
  • Welding
  • Docking and mooring
  • Containers
  • Slip and falls
  • Fires and explosions
  • Vessel collisions
  • Cranes
  • Electrocutions

Working in marine terminals and on vessels is a hazardous and difficult occupation. Companies must ensure that equipment is in good working condition and that employees are trained in proper operation. Employers should make sure that all workers take part in regular safety training. Supervisors need to monitor conditions and employees should not work alone. When weather conditions are severe work may need to be suspended. Those working on docks must take special safety precautions. Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be utilized in hazardous situations. Stairs and walkways are to be kept dry when possible. Companies need to have a safety plan in place so that quick medical care is rendered when necessary. If a company fails to provide safe working conditions they could be negligent if an accident happens.

Workers who were hurt due to negligence in the workplace are covered by OSHA protections and the Jones Act. Employees can take legal action against the negligent party to receive compensation for medical bills and other damages caused by the accident.

If you were hurt in an accident at the Port of Houston, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact us to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Fill out the form below to discuss your case with us today.

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