What is Marine Cargo Handling?
Marine cargo handling is an important and dangerous job. Primarily tasked with loading and unloading vessel shipments, marine cargo handlers have to work with difficult equipment to transfer cargo efficiently. Even more, cargo handling at a marine terminal can mean that employees have to manage the cargo alongside other bustling marine industry operations. To prevent accident and injury, it’s important for companies to provide a safe workplace for their cargo handling workforce.
Marine Cargo Handling Risks & Accidents
For marine cargo handlers, accidents that can lead to serious injury or that can even be fatal are an unfortunately common occurrence. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that marine cargo handlers are at greater risk of injury than those employed in most other industries. Hazards can come in multiple forms, but the more serious dangers can lead to fatal marine cargo handling accidents. The most common fatal accident occurs when operating alongside vehicular traffic, although falling and/or drowning as well as marine cargo equipment related accidents can be fatal as well. Without the proper safety precautions, traffic signage, employee training, or equipment maintenance, a maritime employee is put at major risk of being involved in an accident while on the job.
If you or a loved one has been injured while working in the marine cargo industry, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the Jones Act benefits that maritime companies are required to provide. If you think you’re not getting the compensation you deserve, it’s important to consult a maritime lawyer for help.
The maritime lawyer at Cueria Law Firm will use their maritime law expertise to fully analyze your case. Investigating your accident to determine whether your company was at fault, our dedicated maritime lawyer will make sure you and your family have the best representation possible. Hold your employer accountable for their poorly managed operations and contact the Cueria Law team, today!