Tips for Preventing Falls in the Maritime Industry

This week we’ve been discussing maritime deaths involving falls overboard. Maritime workers can be seriously injured or killed in any kind of fall accident, including falls overboard, slip or trip and falls, falls from a height, falls on the same level, or falls on steps. It is important for maritime employers to have proper procedures in place to prevent falls, as well as to provide employees with necessary equipment and training. When a fall-related injury or death results from negligence or the unseaworthiness of a vessel, the victim or victim’s family may be entitled to compensation.

Below are some tips for preventing falls in the maritime industry:

  • Paint tripping hazards a different color
  • Use non-skid paint on walking surfaces
  • Provide employees with fall-prevention training
  • Provide employees with proper safety and fall prevention equipment and train them in how to use it
  • Conduct man overboard drills and hold regular safety meetings
  • Make sure manholes and hatches are closed
  • Provide railings of adequate height  for any open areas
  • Eradicate all open areas by installing railings or other means to enclose areas
  • Install handrails on stairs
  • Keep guard chains up at all times
  • properly light all areas Keep walkways clear of debris and hazards
  • Promptly clean up spills
  • Remove obstructions

If you have been seriously injured by a fall or other accident while working in the maritime industry, visit our website to learn how Latti & Anderson LLP can help you, and call us at (800) 392-6072 for a free consultation with a qualified Boston maritime attorney.

Latti & Anderson LLP – Boston maritime trial lawyers

2 thoughts on “Tips for Preventing Falls in the Maritime Industry”

  1. These are some great tips that could help reduce the incidence of a very common injury. Slip and falls are one of the leading causes of worker injury in general, and maritime working conditions are no different. Employers should ensure that workers are equipped with non-slip shoes, and all workers can help in making sure than any spill is cleaned up in a timely fashion.

  2. Falling overboard may be one of the most obvious risks of being on a boat at sea, but many ships crews may barely address the possibility. In the event of rough waters or stormy conditions, the chances of a fall may increase dramatically. All ships should be outfitted with high rails and other precautions, and passengers and crew should understand what to do in the event of an accident without being expected to take unnecessary risks in poor conditions.

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