OSHA Updates Guidelines for Maritime Workers
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has revised its guidelines for inspections of boating and longshoring operations at harbors and maritime terminals. OSHA is aiming to reduce workplace hazards that are widespread in the industry.
One of the major hazards that OSHA is addressing is the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the safe operation of vertical tandem lifts (VTL).
Seven maritime or shipyard workers died and more than 2,900 were injured in 2010, according to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The new guidelines are very specific in instructing employers and employees which types of PPE to use in certain situations and environments. Additional updates have been made to the Marine Terminals and Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring.
Receiving compensation for maritime workers can be complicated. Some injuries are covered under workers comp, but those that occur at sea fall under the Jones Act. Please visit our website for more information and contact our firm if you have been injured at work.
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