OSHA Standards for Shipyard Worker Safety
In 2011, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a new standard to address the general working conditions in shipyard employment. In addition to revising older standards, the new rule established worker protections to prevent injuries from hazards not previously addressed in shipyard standards, including motor-vehicle safety and the control of hazardous energy.
Among the hazards addressed in the finalized rule were those most likely to cause worker deaths and injuries in shipyards: slips, trips, and falls; electrocution; and motor-vehicle accidents. More specifically, rules were introduced to protect employees who work alone; to provide an adequate number of on-site trained first aid providers; to control hazardous energy with lockout/tags-plus implementations; and to use seatbelts any time a motor vehicle is being operated.
The rule also addressed situations in which an employee has already been injured, mandating that off-site EMS teams should be used instead of shipyard first aid workers if those off-site responders are able to reach the site within five minutes. Shipyard employers who violate any of the standards set forth in the 2011 OSHA rule may be held financially liable if one of their employees is injured as a result of their lax safety precautions. If you have been injured in a shipyard accident, contact our office of offshore injury attorneys for a free consultation regarding your case.