Shipyard workers are often at risk of being injured. These workers are involved in repairing, dismantling and maintaining boats and ships, so they are constantly exposed to activities such as plumbing, electrical work and cleaning up fuel or chemical residues.
As a shipyard worker, it’s important that you understand the risks of your job. You need to know that you could be exposed to:
- Welding fumes
- Hazardous air (hot air)
- Confined spaces
- Work done at heights
One of the most common issues for shipyard workers is a chronic illness. This is a concern primarily because of the risk of fume and smoke inhalation over time. Welders are known to be particularly at risk.
As someone who enjoys your job, you should know that there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. For example, you should always wear the correct personal protective equipment as provided by your employer. You should work in groups or have clear communication with your team whenever you’re in confined spaces or around dangerous fumes or chemicals.
Everyone on site should be versed in safety training and know what to do in the case of an accident or injury. That way, if someone does get hurt, those around them can provide first aid and support until the emergency medical team arrives.
If you are hurt as a shipyard worker, you may be able to seek compensation through the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). This will help you cover your medical care, lost wages, vocational rehabilitation and other needs in the future.