As someone who works on a dock, at sea or in a shipyard, you're familiar with some of the common accidents and injuries that take place. You know that you may be walking in slick areas, that you could be exposed to live sea life and that there is heavy machinery around you. You know that the weather can have an impact on your day, and you're aware that you have to be cautious about what you wear to prevent hypothermia or other conditions.
Some jobs, like that of a fisherman, are one of the more dangerous ones that you can have. They often work far off the shore in some of the most treacherous waters. Bad weather, a collision with another vessel and other factors can quickly turn an already dangerous situation into an even more precarious one. One danger that fishers, cruise ships and other maritime workers have to remain vigilant for is their vessels taking on water. A boat or ship can sink quite fast if this happens.
Working on offshore oil rigs comes with benefits such as excellent pay and long breaks away from the job. Unfortunately, this type of work also comes with potentially serious injury risks when accidents occur aboard a rig. Working on offshore oil platforms means employees have a an above-average risk of suffering a nonfatal injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As a commercial diver, one of the hazards that you face is hypothermia. It's a condition that can take you by surprise and quickly put your life in danger.
You have been a commercial diver for around a year, and you were happy when you were signed onto a new project. You had heard good things about the company before, and you expected that the employer would be as reasonable and cautious as past employers had been.
Fishermen are exposed to all kinds of hazards. When you are on the docks, onboard the ship or working at sea, you need to take steps to keep yourself safe. You know all about personal protective equipment and ways to keep yourself and others safe, but that may not always be enough.
You were heading out on the dock to help unload a ship that had just come in. While on your way there, you felt the dock suddenly give away. It was a horrible situation, and you ended up underwater. Someone was able to get you out, but you were submerged for some time. You are still recovering in the hospital now, but you're frustrated that the dock wasn't maintained appropriately. Your injuries could have been avoided.
Working on a barge has been something you have really enjoyed, but recently you've been noticing more and more people getting hurt. Working on a barge has always been dangerous, but with your latest batch of coworkers, there has already been a crushing injury, a herniated disc and injuries to one person's hands.
Working on the deck of a seafaring vessel provides a unique workspace. You can see the beauty of the open water while you work. However, you have to remain acutely aware of the dangers you face. Seamen face the possibility of catastrophic injuries or even death each time they're on a vessel.
Whether you work on a fishing vessel, captain a charter recreational ship or service offshore oil rigs, your frequent exposure to open water can leave you at risk of a drowning incident. Drowning or near-drowning can occur in a variety of circumstances and can have lasting medical consequences for the victim.