Working on the deck of an offshore rig or any type of vessel can be hazardous. Serious injuries can occur if the deck is not maintained by your offshore employer.
Types of Offshore Deck Accidents
Some types of deck accidents that affect maritime workers include:
•Falls – the sudden movement of a ship or offshore platform may cause a deck hand or any worker on deck to lose his or her footing and fall. If the person is working from a height, this type of fall may be particularly dangerous. The worker may experience spinal cord injuries, head trauma, broken bones and other serious injuries in this type of deck accident.
•Falling objects – improperly secured cargo, equipment or tools may fall on and injure maritime workers who are working on the deck of a ship. Swinging cargo may also pose a serious hazard. A worker struck by swinging cargo or a falling object may suffer life-changing injuries.
•Rigging, cable and winch accidents – winch drums, hoists, cables and rigging under pressure may trap a deck worker’s hand, finger, foot or other body part, putting the worker at risk of sustaining serious crush injuries or losing the body part from the extreme pressure.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured or killed as a result of a crane or derrick accident, it is very important that you contact a highly skilled, offshore maritime injury lawyer immediately. Learn about your legal rights from an experienced offshore maritime injury attorney by filling out our free, no obligation case review form located on this website.