Rigging Accidents in Maritime Work

Sometimes, maritime workers are injured in rigging accidents. Examples of accidents that can occur in relation to rigging include struck-by-object accidents, crushing accidents, falls and electrical accidents.

Among the things rigging involves is preparing materials to be lifted by material handling equipment such as cranes or hoists. There are a variety of different contexts in which rigging shows up as a work task in the maritime industry. Many things can have major ramifications on worker safety when it comes to rigging tasks, including:

  • Whether the workers asked to perform rigging tasks are properly qualified for and have received appropriate safety training regarding rigging.
  • What equipment is used in relation to the rigging work. This includes whether the equipment being used is appropriate for the job being performed and whether the equipment is in safe condition.
  • The condition of the surfaces in the area the rigging work is being performed. Uneven, obstruction-filled or slippery surfaces could create significant fall risks for workers performing rigging tasks.
  • How well-secured the materials that are to be lifted are.
  • What sorts of practices and procedures are done during the actual lifting of materials.
  • How closely inspected rigging gear and equipment is.
  • How carefully the specifics of the area in which the rigging is being performed, such as whether there are any energized lines in the vicinity, are taken into account when determining how a given rigging task will be performed.

Given the wide range of things that can impact rigging safety, rigging accidents can come about in numerous different ways. The specifics of a rigging accident are among the things that can have impacts on what legal options are available to maritime workers hurt in the accident. What types of injury laws apply to the workers in question are another thing that has such impacts. When a maritime worker lacks a clear picture of their options and rights following suffering an injury during the course of their work, they could be at risk of inadvertently hurting their overall legal position. Given this, speaking with an attorney skilled in maritime injury law can be a wise step for a maritime worker to take following suffering on-the-job injuries, such as injuries from a rigging accident.

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "Rigging Process," Accessed May 9, 2016

Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "Rigging Hazards," Accessed May 9, 2016

Paul T. Hofmann
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