When you’re working in a shipyard, one of the risks you could face is falling. The ship itself may be under repair, and the workplace could constantly be changing. It’s important that you are aware of your surroundings and cautious, but even if you are, a fall is still possible.
Where do people fall when they’re working on a ship or in a shipyard? Access cuts in deckplates can lead to falls if workers don’t notice them. Gratings or staging boards can also lead to trip-and-fall accidents when they are not covered appropriately. When working on the ship, low or damaged railings could be inadequate to protect against falls, too.
How can you prevent falls while working in a shipyard or on board a ship?
Shipfitters should always make sure that they note when they create a new hazard and talk to other employees about it. Workers can stay safer if everyone is informed about potential trip or fall hazards. A short morning meeting or meeting at the beginning of a shift could help.
Of course, good housekeeping matters as well. If you keep the ground clean of debris and clean up after working in one area or another, then fewer objects will be present and cause a potential for falls.
When you’re hurt on a ship, the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (better known as the Jones Act) protects your right to compensation from your employer. There are special rules that need to be followed, so if you’re injured and need support, you may want to learn more about your legal rights and responsibilities.