Each offshore worker who is employed on a vessel has a different job function to perform. Some workers are responsible for operating cranes, others are responsible for housekeeping, and still others are responsible for maintaining the equipment in the engine room.
The engine room of a vessel usually houses the propulsion hydraulic system. Fires can occur when the pressurized components of these systems fail, causing hydraulic oil to spray onto the heated engine components, igniting a flame that can quickly spread. Engine room fires can also start simply because of overheating. Engine room equipment must be monitored closely. Maritime workers must monitor gauges intently. Those that work in the engine rooms must have a working knowledge of the mechanics of the system
Those that work in the engine room should be trained in the proper procedures to follow so as to avoid catastrophic fires and engine failures. Those who work in the engine room but have not been properly trained increase the likelihood of an accident that could seriously injure his fellow crew members.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured or killed as a result of an engine room 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.