Working on Louisiana’s docks presents significant dangers for those who work on them. A variety of hazards put their lives at risk, including the use of cranes to move cargo around. Crane injuries could prove serious and even fatal, so ensuring the safety of all workers should be a priority of every employer.
Not surprisingly, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has rules and regulations for employers and employees to follow when it comes to working with and around cranes. This essential piece of equipment requires the same level of attention and safety consciousness as any other. The first line of defense with regard to safety involves inspecting the crane thoroughly and often. Any defects require addressing immediately in order to keep the crane at peak efficiency.
An individual should only operate a crane with the appropriate training and certification. Many cranes have quite a swing radius, and anyone within its circle could suffer injuries. It is vital that employees keep an eye out when in that area. Assuming the crane is in good working order and appropriately set up, paying attention is the best way to maintain safety. Even so, your employer should have a plan in place should something go wrong.
Crane injuries can keep Louisiana dockworkers away from the job for an extended period. During that time, they need assistance with medical and medical-related expenses, lost income, and more. More than likely, they will not qualify for traditional workers’ compensation, but will instead need to file a claim under the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.