Port of Krotz Springs
The Port of Krotz Springs is a 134-acre property on the Atchafalaya River, near Simmersport, La. Located at mile 47.5, it is very near the junction with the Mississippi River. It’s also 76 miles from where the Atchafalaya reaches the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, at Morgan City. Operated by the Greater Krotz Springs Port Commission (created in 1956), it is served by a 1000 ft. wide river channel that is kept at 12 ft. deep by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Crude oil is shipped to the port, and refined petroleum is shipped out; aggregate is also a primary cargo handled at the port. In 2009, about 3 million tons of cargo were handled. The facility employs about 300 workers and businesses operating here include Cabot Corporation, Acadian Shell & Limestone, ALON USA, and Bunge Corporation. Only half of the acreage on the premises is occupied.
Krotz Springs has six docks, including a 145-ft. wide, 220-ft. long general cargo dock. Utilities include water, gas, and electricity. The transportation infrastructure serving Krotz include State Highway 105, which passes adjacent to the property. It is also a mile south of U.S. Highway 90. The Union Pacific Railroad is two miles from port, and the nearest interstate (I-49) is 17 miles to the west; from here, one can reach I-10 in Baton Rouge, which is 40 miles to the east.
In 2010, the U.S. Census reported that nearly 1200 people lived at or near Krotz.
Common Hazards at Ports
There are many hazards associated with loading, unloading, and moving cargo. The equipment used to do so, including cranes, ropes, winches, and vehicles, can be the cause of accidents as well. Properly maintained equipment carries much less of a risk, but even carelessness, negligence, and operator fatigue can lead to accidents that cause serious injuries and fatalities. Most accidents are preventable. Correcting an unbalanced load and replacing defective parts on a machine can avoid an incident that would otherwise disrupt work, transport, and an employee’s life.
Other accident risks include:
- Lifting: Mistakes in placing fittings and fixtures can cause loads to come loose, and unstable cargo is a major hazard. Manual operation of cranes and load-handling gear can lead to serious strains and sprains, at the very least.
- Mooring: Heavy ropes that become wet can be difficult to handle, and being caught in a rope or winch can cause severe limb injuries. If a rope breaks, workers are at serious risk near a dock or jetty.
- Chemicals: Any array of flammable, toxic, and corrosive chemicals may be present at a port. They can have adverse health effects or even cause fires.
- Slips, trips, and falls: A worker can slip on a wet or icy platform or pavement, or trip over a loose cable. Poor lighting increases the risk. Falls from elevated places are dangerous, as they are from docks and vessel decks.
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