What to address in trainings to reduce musculoskeletal accidents

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2023 | Offshore accidents

The maritime industry poses unique challenges for those who work within it. Mariners are required to perform a variety of tasks while working shifts and navigating moving vessels. Unfortunately, this work environment can lead to musculoskeletal injuries.

To prevent such injuries, deck officers must conduct team training on ergonomics to ensure the well-being of their crew.

Better form and lifting techniques

Seafarers are susceptible to bone and muscle deterioration due to their physically demanding work. Those stronger than others must also understand proper lifting techniques and form to perform tasks safely. Some techniques that training could cover include:

  • Know their strength and limitations
  • The proper form when operating heavy machinery
  • Distribution of weight on their feet

Educating seafarers about the proper techniques for lifting is crucial. Knowing this improves the safety of their workplace. And enhances their quality of life outside of work.

Taking breaks from laborious work

Some workers may feel inadequate or guilty about taking breaks at work. However, officers must stress how crucial it is to take breaks before continuing any activity. Otherwise, they may experience physical strain such as:

  • Back pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain

Working long periods can negatively affect seafarers’ health and, in some cases, may lead to injuries. Doing stretches between shifts can help reduce joint pain, allowing seafarers to work safely and effectively.

Addressing concerns and giving solutions

Life on a ship may seem monotonous. But from time to time, seafarers may express concerns about their living conditions on board. If that’s the case, officers must listen to feedback and address any issues related to musculoskeletal injuries.

Offshore accidents can have serious consequences. So crew members must receive proper training and education to prevent future musculoskeletal accidents and illnesses. Doing such may help to decrease human errors and improve the overall safety of seafarers aboard offshore ships.