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How can crush injuries harm shipyard workers?

On Behalf of | May 10, 2024 | Shipyard Injuries, Workers' Compensation |

Shipyard workers face many hazards in their line of work, one of the most severe being crush injuries. These injuries occur when heavy objects pin a worker beneath or between them.

Even if there are precautions in place, these incidents still happen with alarming frequency.

Heavy equipment mishaps

Shipyards are bustling hubs of activity, with heavy machinery and equipment constantly in motion. Unfortunately, this environment can sometimes lead to mishaps, where workers find themselves in the path of danger. Whether it is a forklift overturning or a crane malfunctioning, the result can be devastating crush injuries for those involved.

Cargo handling risks

Cargo handling is a huge aspect of shipyard operations, but it also poses significant risks to workers. When cargo is being loaded or unloaded, there is always the potential for accidents to occur. A miscalculation or a moment of distraction can result in containers or heavy loads pinning a worker down.

Vessel movement accidents

The movement of vessels within the shipyard may also pose a danger to workers. As ships go in for maintenance or repairs, there is a risk of the worker facing a crush injury between the moving vessel and the dock. Even a slight miscalculation can lead to catastrophic crush injuries.

Fallen objects

In a bustling shipyard, people constantly transport and move objects. Unfortunately, this also means that there is a risk of objects falling from high up and striking unsuspecting workers below. Whether it is a tool dropped from scaffolding or a piece of equipment dislodged during maintenance, the crush injuries can be severe for those below.

By putting proper safety measures in place, employers help protect their workers from these devastating accidents. Those facing injuries may want to seek fair compensation.