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What are the most common accidents on a ship’s deck?

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2020 | Maritime Law |

Louisiana is full of seasoned maritime employees like you. You know that the sea is a dangerous place. Every area on a ship holds potential danger for the sailors on board.

But the deck is among the most dangerous locations. Accidents can happen there in a blink. The results are often catastrophic for those involved.

Slick decks lead to slip and falls

Marine Insight discusses common accidents associated with a ship’s deck. Each of these problems occur somewhat often. They can cause injury or even loss of life. The most common are slip and fall accidents. No matter what safety precautions you take, your deck is going to be slick when you are on the open water. Everything above deck can also get wet, which may cause falls. For example, workers on hatch covers or lashing bridges may slip and fall.

Electrical accidents also happen. Electricity and water is a dangerous mix. But electrical tools are necessary, even on the open sea. If you do not take proper precautions, you suffer from an increased risk of electrocution. This is why it is crucial for sailors to check their electronics and wiring to ensure they are safe to operate.

Dealing with deck tools and chemicals

Deck tools and machinery are often large and heavy. They are also a source of accident on deck. Always make sure you wear proper safety equipment when working with these machines. Inspect them thoroughly before use. Adhere to safety precautions, such as clearing the deck before use.

Finally, many harsh chemicals are on deck. This includes paint thinner, metal brite, paint and more. Coming into contact with these materials can cause burns. You may damage your eyes or lungs. These injuries can last a long time, or even have permanent repercussions.

Keep an eye out for these dangers while working on deck. Vigilance may help reduce chances of a deadly accident.