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Most Common Maritime Equipment Injuries

Maritime workers viewing a ship at dock

Maritime workers are typically surrounded by heavy equipment that can lead to serious injuries or even death. Nonetheless, when employers, contractors, and owners take proper safety precautions to protect this equipment, most maritime equipment injuries can be prevented.

If you have suffered a maritime equipment injury or lost a loved one as a result, you should reach out to a maritime accident lawyer at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. For help seeking the maximum compensation you may be entitled to, call us today at (281) 283-8500 to schedule a free consultation.

Cargo and Crane Injuries

Maritime cargo and crane injuries may arise during the process of loading or unloading at port or sea. Crane operators are at high risk for sustaining these types of injuries because of operator error or a mechanical failure. Moreover, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that 1 in 1,000 maritime crane operations will face a fatal injury while working.

Conveyor Belt Injuries

Conveyor belts are designed to load freshly caught fish into ships and frozen products in and out of cargo holds. Although they can make life easier for fishing boat crews, their gears, pulleys, and other moving parts are very dangerous and may cause severe injuries. Inadequate training, improper guarding, and failure to keep conveyor belts in good shape are some of the most common causes of conveyor belt injuries.

Plate Freezer Injuries

Plate freezers keep seafood at the proper temperature, which is typically between 30 to 40 degrees below zero. This can place workers at high risk for hypothermia and frostbite. In addition, if a vessel abruptly moves or sways, workers may sustain an injury from a flying plate freezer.

Ladder Injuries

While ladders make it convenient for maritime workers to get to higher levels, they can be dangerous, especially if they feature faulty steps or rails. When workers fall off a ladder from an extremely high area, they are likely to lose their life. A poorly designed ladder, structural issues, broken parts, and lack of safety training are the most common causes of maritime ladder injuries.

Fire Injuries

All types of ships are loaded with paper, chemicals, plastic, fuel and other combustible materials that are susceptible to fires. In most cases, fire accidents occur because of inadequate training and poor ship components. These types of injuries have historically injured and killed thousands of workers and passengers.

Trawl Winch Injuries

Trawl winches are heavy, constantly in motion, and used to let out or reel heavy ropes or steel cable attached to dragnets. They are also intended to modify tension levels. Since trawl winches are always moving and feature parts that can snag a worker’s clothing, they are known to cause fractures, amputations, and other serious injuries.

Contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. For Help

The Krist Law Firm, P.C. has years of experience assisting clients who have been victims of various maritime equipment injuries. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one, you should contact us today at (281) 283-8500 for a free consultation to ensure your rights are protected.