Jobs that take place on docks and boats are prevalent around Louisiana. Recent projections on the SeniorJobBank indicate that over 5,000 people work as marine oilers and sailors while nearly 1,500 people work as ship engineers.
There is a big demand for these jobs, but there are also inherent dangers. Employees in this field need to be aware of the most common injuries maritime workers tend to sustain. In the event you or someone you know suffers one of these injuries, then it is paramount to file a workers' comp claim immediately.
Slips and falls
A slip and fall can happen anywhere, but when you are on a boat or dock, the odds of one happening increase substantially. This is due to the fact puddles are more likely to form on these surfaces, and even when you are wearing the right footwear, a slip and fall can transpire. Workers can avoid this accident by cleaning up the area before people will walk through and ensuring everyone always wears non-skid safety shoes.
Decks often need to use compressed air for cleaning and operating pneumatic power tools. Whenever workers operate a compressed-air device, they need to do so in the most careful manner possible. A direct blast of compressed air can lead to open wounds and cuts on someone. People using these items should never point the device at another person, even if directing it toward clothes. The air can rip clothes and still result in a serious wound.
Lifting gear and crane accidents
Cranes are commonly found on boats, because large items require transferring from land to sea. It is paramount for only someone who has the required training to operate a crane. While the crane is in motion, everyone else needs to remain clear of the surrounding area. Additionally, it is critical for the person overseeing the operations to be aware of the maximum lifting weight of the crane to not exceed it.