Seaman and Other Maritime Workers Need to be Mindful of the Potential Hazards of Working on a Dock Working on a dock can be dangerous. Docks present various risks, and workers can – and do – suffer various types of injuries. While dock owners and employers should take steps to mitigate these risks, many fail to do so, and these failures often have severe consequences. So, why are docks dangerous? Here are seven examples of the risks many dock workers, boat mechanics, commercial divers, crewmembers, and other maritime employees face daily: 7 of the Biggest Risks of Working on a Dock 1. Slip-and-Fall Accidents Docks are often slippery, and the lack of any guardrails or safety rails means that workers risk going into the water when they slip and fall. Slip-and-fall accidents can also cause injuries when workers land on docks (or collide with dock boxes or other objects). Depending on whether a worker falls on the dock or into the water, injury risks from slip-and-fall accidents can range from sprains, fractures and concussions to lung damage from near-drowning incidents. 2. Underwater Hazards When workers fall into the water, underwater hazards can present risks for serious – and even fatal – injuries. The waters around docks are often littered with old pilings, lines, and objects dropped from the dock and docked boats. Colliding with these objects underwater can lead to severe cuts, soft tissue injuries, and broken bones (among other injuries). If a worker gets caught underwater or knocked unconscious, […]
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