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Top Tips_Maritime Accident Prevention

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Accidents cause serious injury and loss to property or equipment. And even though accidents can be completely avoided, they still happen onboard all the time, especially on the deck. Today, we're going to talk about the seven most common types of accidents that occur on deck. Number one... Slips and falls. Slips and falls are among the most common accidents that occur on deck. Slips can easily take place at any moment and likely during an activity on deck. Falls are most common while working on heights such as on masts, lashing bridges, hatch covers, cargo holds, and working aloft or outboard. Watch out for tripping hazards like piping on deck and maintain three points of contact while using stairs or ladders. Remember to keep one hand for the ship. Number two, improper manual lifting. Improper lifting techniques are the main cause for injuries and accidents, especially those involving the back. The correct method of lifting up a load is to squat down, keep the back straight, and use the leg and arm muscles to lift up instead of the back muscles. While carrying out lifting, the following points are to be noted to avoid accidents. Loads should not be too heavy and should be evenly distributed. If not, ask for help and avoid lifting alone. Any sharp edges are to be noticed and avoided. Take small steps while walking with the load. Find places to stop and rest in between. Make sure the load is not obstructing a clear vision ahead. Use your feet to change direction instead of twisting the body. When unloading, bend your knees to keep the load down instead of bending your back. Next up... Compressed air accidents. Compressed air is used on deck for various pneumatic power tools and cleaning purposes. But if used improperly, it can lead to serious injury. For example, if a jet of compressed air is applied to an open wound, it can force its way into a person's bloodstream and kill them. So keep in mind the following. Never blow compressed air towards a person, it can cause serious injury. Do not use a jet of compressed air to dust down any clothing or boiler suits. The dust can damage equipment and even get in your eyes and lungs. Ensure that air or gas cylinders are secured in vertical positions, away from hot areas. After using compressed air, make sure to depressurize the line after use. Another danger on deck is exposure to chemicals. Chemicals that come in direct contact with the skin lead to burns and serious injuries. Constant exposure and contact to chemicals such as paints, thinners, and metal brite should be avoided. Chemical contact with eyes is extremely dangerous and can lead to losing partial or complete eyesight. Always consult the safety datasheet to learn the proper handling procedures. When handling chemicals, you should be dressed in proper PPE, including safety goggles and a face mask. Okay, maybe not these, but you get what I mean. Any accident should be immediately reported to the medical officer. The nearest emergency eyewash stations should also be noted. Next up, electrical accidents. Electrical equipment is used on deck for a wide variety of purposes. Without taking precautions of electrical hazards, a shock from a live wire tool or a machine with poor insulation can cause fatal injury. Electricity can also burn the body from electric arcs. Always ensure the following. There should be no frayed or damaged contacts. If needed, the equipment should be isolated. Keep wires and leads away from any heat sources and conductive liquids. Do not leave wires lying across passageways to create a trip hazard. Use proper PPE as always. Crane and lifting operations also involve a high percentage of accidents on deck. There have been several dangerous incidents associated with crane and lifting gear operations in the past. Cranes should be operated only by authorized trained people. When operating, people involved in the operation should stay clear from the crane and the suspended load. Use the standard signaling system and radios to communicate with the crane operator. The people involved should be aware of these signals. Slings, hooks, and chains should be approved and certified. The safe working load of the lifting gears must be compared to the load to be lifted. Accidents such as cuts, wounds, and burns normally happen on deck when using various tools or operating machinery. Here are five tips on how to avoid accidents involving deck tools and machinery. Use the designated tool intended for the specific job. Never use a defective tool. Always ensure the condition of the tool. Proper PPE must be worn. While using rotary equipments and power tools, refrain from wearing loose clothes, jewelry, or accessories. And there you have it, the seven common types of accidents that occur on deck. With good safety awareness, the frequency of these accidents can be reduced to an absolute minimum. Thanks for joining me today and be safe.

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Posted by: maritimetraining on May 25, 2017

Top Tips_Maritime Accident Prevention

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