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What are the most common types of injuries suffered by seamen?

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2021 | Maritime Law |

Residents of the New Orleans, Louisiana, area who are seafarers have certain challenges. Unfortunately, with any other type of work, they may suffer injuries while on the job. Some occur as a result of negligence and failing to follow the proper safety procedures. However they are caused, certain injuries are very common among seamen.

Eye injuries

Per maritime law, it’s important for protective gear to be made available to seamen while they’re working. Eye injuries are very common in this profession as a result of working with hazardous materials. Certain tasks while working on ships can be significantly risky. You may have to perform welding or painting, which can irritate and injure your eyes.

Hand and foot injuries

When you work on ships, you often have to come into contact with a variety of objects that may be hot or sharp. Gloves may better protect your hands from these objects. However, sometimes, they can be too loose or slick from oil or water. You can also suffer injuries from machinery.

Foot injuries are also common among seamen. You need to wear appropriate footwear such as boots with good traction.

Head injuries

According to maritime regulations, your employer is required to provide you with the right protective equipment to wear while you work. Helmets are among the most important. If you don’t have a helmet while working, it can lead to head injuries. These injuries commonly occur in seamen from working with machinery, falls or failing to duck and hitting your head.

Trips, slips and falls

Seamen often suffer injuries from trips, slips and falls. Working on ships means working on slippery, wet or oily floors. There may also be things on the floor, which can increase the risk of a trip. Sometimes, a worker can even fall from an unsteady ladder.

With the right protective gear and precautions, you can stay safer while working on ships.