The offshore and maritime industry provides jobs for workers across the state of Texas. While these jobs are a routine source of income, there are potential dangers.
The risks of being out on the open water are commonly discussed, but troubles can begin before the boat has even set sail. Outlined below are some of the more notable risks when boarding commercial vessels.
Ships are always in motion
Even the most tranquil stretch of water does not remain completely still. There are always currents and undercurrents. What this means is that vessels are always on the move. Boats, especially larger vessels, often give the illusion that they are completely static. If workers fall into this trap, they could be caught off guard by movement in the ship when boarding and suffer a nasty fall.
To compensate for the constant movement of ships, it’s vital that they are fitted with safety rails. This gives workers the opportunity to grab on to something if they lose their balance. Ultimately, safety rails can prevent a person from falling overboard, which is among the worst types of accidents that can happen on a vessel.
Splashes from waves, the weather and constant movement across the ship means that the floors are likely to be wet. Companies should do their best to fit anti-slip materials and workers should have boots with sufficient grip. Even when this is the case, it isn’t always enough to prevent a slip.
The maritime industry can be dangerous and your employers should take every possible precaution. If you have suffered an injury on the job then seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of your options in terms of pursuing compensation.