In reference to an article posted on The Turbulent Waters website, it is said that an estimated 2,500 seafarers die each year while working on ships. The two top killers noted are maritime disasters and occupational accidents.
Moreover, The International Hazard Datasheets on Occupation for Merchant Mariners, a publication of International Labor Organization (ILO), has proven that working aboard ships is indeed hazardous.
On why seafaring is a dangerous job, the paper highlighted:
The most life-threatening situation for every seafarer is a shipwreck. This datasheet however relates to hazards that may be encountered during normal operation of a merchant ship at sea or in port. Seamen work aboard ships and therefore share hazards common to all seafarers: falling outboard and drowning, slipping, tripping and falling on deck, from gangways or ladders at sea or in port, constant lack of stable ground under feet, long separation from families and friends, lower sides of port life, etc.
Most of Seamen’s duties involve work on deck, where they may be injured by mooring lines, hatches, hinged doors, etc. They must be prepared to withstand sun or rain, tropical heat or polar cold, incessant noise and vibration.
While handling cargo, Seamen may be caved in holds, injured or crushed by heavy items, containers, loading mechanisms, etc.
The prevalent occupational-related accidents at sea are alarming. Hence, Our Sailing Republic thru this blog covets to arm Filipino seafarers, particularly the neophytes with basic safety knowledge and skills.
Take time to read and understand the hazards one likely encounters whether the ship is sailing the high seas or docked appease in port.
Take time to read, understand and apply the best practices our seaambassadors had shared.
Lastly, take time to read, understand, apply and share the learning you earned from these topics:
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