Offshore transportation is one of the most affordable ways for businesses to get their product from one location to another. Cargo ships and large bulk vessels transport millions of tons of cargo per year, but how does that cargo get on and off of the vessels? The answer is loading and unloading crews. Ships get loaded and unloaded at port, which requires many crewmembers and heavy lifting cranes and other machinery. Offshore loading systems will differ depending on what type of cargo needs to be transported: liquid, dry, bulk, or container. Those who conduct operations at ports and harbor know this is a difficult job to do and that accidents frequently happen.
Ports come equipped with lifting machinery that can take bulk materials from the ships to warehouses or to be placed directly on trucks and railway for further transport. One of the most common types of accidents that occur when loading and unloading is fallen loads. If a load is unstable, then it can swing and cause massive amounts of damage. This is why workers have to be properly trained and equipped to handle this machinery. If a load falls, it could cause a serious crush injury. Crush injuries often result in amputation of limbs or death. A swinging load could result in extreme blunt force trauma to the head or other part of the body that causes serious injuries.
According to the United States Department of Labor, there are specified procedures that loading and unloading personnel must follow in order to promote safety and decrease the chance of serious accident. Methods differ depending on whether the loading and unloading is of trucks, rail or vessel. Loading and unloading of flammable materials such as petrochemical products is among one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Those who perform these kinds of job duties will need to be specially trained to appropriately handle this material.
Each port has a port authority. This is a type of mini-governmental authority to regulate all actions at ports. If an accident happens, the port authority is responsible for investigating it. Loading and unloading at port is now not the only way that cargo can be transported. In recent years, there has been an increase in the popularity of offshore loading, which means that the cargo transfers happen while these vessels are at sea. Marine loading arms and tandem loading by way of boom-to-tanker transport are just a few examples. If you were injured while loading or offloading a vessel, then please, contact our firm today. We offer a 100% free case consultation.
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