If you’ve ever been on a boat, then you realize that there may be more dangers on ships than you would ever experience in a car. Injuries offshore and on a boat can lead to serious complications in your work and travels.
The best way to avoid injuries on a boat is to know what to expect – this doesn’t, however, guarantee you won’t be injured while on a ship. Here’s what you should watch for:
Slip and falls on uneven and wet surfaces
Earning their sea legs isn’t a process sailors look forward to on open waters – ships can weave and tilt while on open seas (especially during storms and rough water). If you aren’t used to swaying with the natural currents then you may end up slipping and falling.
Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious head injuries: headaches, migraines, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. It may not help that a lot of the seawater and rain can make surfaces slick, making it easier for maritime accidents to occur.
Chemical poisoning and sickness from cargo
Ships carry tons of cargo over vast distances. Without the right restraints, bad weather or during the unloading process, cargo can shift and break open, letting loose chemicals and hazardous material. Maritime workers who are exposed to chlorine, asbestos or ammonia (as just a few examples) could experience burns or lung issues.
Flying or moving objects on a ship
If cargo isn’t correctly secured, large crates, boxes or even tools could be sent flying or sliding on a ship’s deck. Being caught between two loads of cargo could cause you serious injuries such as broken bones, internal bleeding, cuts and bruises.
Even knowing how you could be injured on a ship or on open water, you could still be seriously injured. Your injuries could have life-long consequences that affect how you work and live – having someone on your side could help you recover from medical bills.