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10 Injuries Maritime Workers Should Avoid

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for maritime workers to sustain an injury while working on ships. If you are a maritime worker, you should make it a top priority to adhere to all safety procedures and refrain from negligent actions that may cause you serious harm. This way, you can protect yourself and other workers from the injuries below.

If you suffer an injury while working on a ship, and said injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should reach out to a highly skilled Houston maritime attorney at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at (281) 283-8500.

Maritime Injuries to Avoid

While any number of things could go wrong and cause you harm while working on a ship, there are certain maritime injuries that can be easy to avoid as a worker. The Krist Law Firm, P.C. has compiled the following list of injuries to avoid while working in a maritime capacity:

1.Eye Injuries
Chipping, welding, and working with dangerous materials can hurt your eyes. Therefore, you should always wear goggles or other protective eyewear when performing jobs that involve oil, chemicals, and other dangerous substances.

2. Head Injuries
Slips and falls, working on machinery, and failure to duck when stepping over coamings (a raised border on a ship) can result in head injuries. To prevent these injuries, always wear a helmet when you are working in a confined area, and practice caution while walking around the ship.

3. Slip and Fall Injuries
Ships often contain slippery floors, floor openings, and oily surfaces that can lead to slip and fall injuries. You should be cautious while walking around the ship, and always on the lookout for these commonly overlooked hazards.

4. Hand and Foot Injuries
When you are wearing gloves to protect your hands from sharp and hot objects, you should make sure they are not loose or oily, as loose or oily gloves can cause hand injuries because of slipping off objects, grip loss, and other issues related to gloves that are not secure or dry. Additionally, you should always wear protective footwear that will protect your feet from injuries while working aboard a ship.

5. Cuts
There are a variety of sharp tools and equipment on ships, making it important for you to handle them with care. These sharp tools and pieces of should always be stored in secured areas rather than left lying around.

6. Burns and Scalds
Fires, steam, and hot pipelines have the potential to cause burns and scalds. You should always handle these types of hazardous materials with extreme care so that you can prevent serious injuries that can leave you with swelling, severe infection, skin loss, and other uncomfortable symptoms.

7. Electrical Shock Injuries
Handling electrical connections requires a great deal of knowledge and experience. If you haven’t been trained in working with electrical connections, you should ask for help. Doing so can reduce your risk of electrocution, which causes death.

8. Back Injuries
Since manually handling loads can cause back injuries, you should never lift heavy loads on your own. When you are handling a load, sit with your knees bent to lift it, keep your back straight and chin tucked inside, lift the load slowly and smoothly, and never twist your body to change direction.

9. Misuse of Tool Injuries
You should always follow correct procedures when using tools or operating machinery, as the incorrect usage of tools and machinery can lead to injuries. Using protection while handling high-pressure equipment is also important in order to avoid injuries.

10. Deck Operations Injuries
If your job requires you to work on decks for mooring and cargo operations, you should be aware of all of the hazards that may surround you. To reduce your risk of injuries caused by working on deck operations, you should follow all safety precautions and never stand near a rope under tension.

Contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C.

If you’ve been injured while working on a ship, you should contact the Houston maritime lawyers of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at as soon as possible. We are well-versed in maritime laws and may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Contact us today at (281) 283-8500 for a free, initial case consultation.