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What are common accidents aboard ships?

| May 18, 2020 | Maritime Law |

Accidents can happen anywhere. When you work aboard a vessel, there are specific accidents that you may experience or need to be aware of. When practicing safe work practices, it helps to know the risks and hazards.

Marine Insight outlines some of the more common accidents aboard a ship.

Chemical exposures

When working with chemicals, all workers need to take care. There should be strict guidelines on how to handle chemicals, along with people dressed in the correct personal protective equipment. Chemical accidents can cause burns and other serious injuries. When chemicals are aboard the ship, ships should also have wash stations.

Compressed air accidents

Compressed air is common for cleaning purposes and to run pneumatic power tools. Compressed air can lead to serious injuries when accidents occur. Never blow air towards other people, compressed air applied to wounds can be fatal.

Slip and falls on deck

It is the responsibility of the company to maintain a safe working environment for all workers. Slip and falls are common causes of injuries. Often, this is due to slippery decks, missing railings, improper use of catwalks or improper personal protective equipment.

If you want to avoid these types of accidents, it is crucial to maintain a clean and safe deck. All personnel should use catwalks and passages correctly.

Improper lifting techniques

When carrying heavy items, whether you are on a ship or at home, it is crucial to use proper lifting techniques. Otherwise, you could suffer serious injuries, particularly to your back. You should always use the muscles in your legs and arms to lift heavy items.