When it comes to jobs that take place while you are on a vessel, the accidents can be quite different than those on land in New York. The fact that you are miles out to sea and operating on a large ship means you will be presented with unique challenges that can also lead to dangerous circumstances. Marine Insight gives some of the most common situations you may face that can put your life in danger.
First are situations that require a high level of skill and can lead to the loss of life if certain guidelines are not followed. This includes mooring operations, lifeboat testing and hot work. The flammable materials aboard ships can prove especially dangerous and lead to fatalities, even when you are performing basic procedures.
Next are falls. These can occur in many different fields, but maritime accidents have their own set of fall risks. Gangways can fail due to a lack of maintenance and drop you to the ground far below. Some ships are tall and also require cleaning and repair at great heights. Cargo holds can also be prime spots for a slip and fall. These falls are sometimes due to negligence and other times due to the failure of safety devices. Falling overboard during storms and accidents can also lead to death.
You can also find other dangers that involve the machinery on a ship. Boilers, compressors and crankcases can sometimes explode and exposed wires can lead to electrical shocks. This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.