When it comes to dangerous professions, longshore workers are right up
there with the riskiest. Longshoremen are required to work from dangerous
heights using heavy equipment and lifting heavy objects in a fast-paced
environment where even one small mistake could lead to a serious injury
or fatality. Even stringent safety standards can only do so much to help
reduce the number of injuries that occur on longshore job sites every year.
Common Longshore Injuries
Perhaps the most common injury for a longshoreman is a back injury. Because
longshore workers are often required to lift heavy loads, it’s not
uncommon for one of these loads to place too much strain on a worker’s
back, especially if they don’t have the proper support or training
to help avoid it. Repeated wear and tear on back muscles and spinal structure
can lead to loss of range of motion, weakened muscles, immense pain, and
even extensive surgery to try to correct the problem.
Longshore workers are frequently required to work with various types of
fuel. Whether the fuel is for a ship in port, a vehicle hauling cargo,
or a crane to lift heavy objects, this fuel always presents a fire hazard,
particularly when exposed to oxygen. Fuel that accidentally sparks can
catch fire, causing severe and incredibly painful burns to any workers
who happen to be in the vicinity. Be extremely cautious when handling fuels.
Longshore workers find themselves exposed to a wide array of chemicals
with varying levels of toxicity, including asbestos fibers. Pleural disease
is essentially when chemical exposure causes hardening or thickening of
lung tissue, reducing lung capacity and making them far more difficult
to move. This leads to reduced ability to breathe and extreme discomfort,
and possible death. Both offshore and longshore workers are prone to this
condition thanks to the use of toxic chemicals in their daily job.
Slip & Fall
Being near water and working outside means the conditions for wet, slippery
surfaces are always present. Slip or trip and fall injuries happen fairly
frequently, but can potentially have devastating consequences, particularly
in a shipyard or port. These accidents frequently result in everything
from broken bones to tendon damage to loss of mobility, and much more.
Port operators have a responsibility to ensure their employees are in
the safest possible working environment, so spills or wet spots should
be cleaned up quickly, if possible.
Brain trauma is a huge problem with longshore workers. Between large,
heavy objects being carried overhead and heavy equipment constantly in
motion, it’s fairly easy for a simple accident to cause a concussion,
which contains a whole range of added health risks. Those who suffer from
concussions can become confused easily, become prone to fainting or dizzy
spells, and even have a greater risk for Alzheimer’s later in life.
If you have suffered an
injury working as a longshoreman, it’s important to know that you don’t have to deal with the
consequences of your injury on your own. At
Chestnut & Beller, we strive to protect the rights of those who have been injured on the
job and help them receive the compensation and benefits they deserve.
We understand the last thing you want to deal with after an on-the-job
injury is a confusing and difficult lawsuit, but justice isn’t always
Cobb County workers’ compensation attorneys are fully devoted to your case and strive to help you obtain a successful
outcome so you can focus on one thing: your recovery.
Call Chestnut & Beller today by dialing 770-285-5542 and ask to receive a
free consultation to discuss your workers’ comp claim now!