The source story for today's post is from Wisconsin, but it involves shipyards and the risks that are inherent to them, so it is applicable to any shipyard in the world. According to the Associated Press, a worker suffered serious burns at a shipyard on Feb. 6, and the worker was still hospitalized as of the writing of our source article (March 6). The individual was working on a vessel at the time of the burn.
In our last post, we talked about a cruise ship that drifted while at port. As a result of the unfortunate drifting, it collided with another ship. Thankfully, nothing serious appeared to happen, and both ships were cleared to leave port later that day. However, this is just one of myriad possibilities that exemplify the dangers that are present at ports, piers, docks and shipyards all across the country and, really, all around the world.
Many people find enjoyment from working in shipyards on the Florida coast. While the view may be spectacular, new research is pointing to the fact that this type of employment may come with significant risks. Federal regulations are being instituted in an attempt to lower the number of injuries experienced in shipyard jobs, but there are several things that employees in this field need to be aware of.
An accident over in Denmark between two vessels prompted a brief investigation, though thankfully it was determined that both vessels were cleared to operate. No one was hurt in the collision, and it appears that no significant damage was done. But what happened?
While the following story did not occur here in Florida, or even the United States, it does exemplify the dangers of working at, or being around, shipyards. Three people were injured in a shipyard accident after a burst of steam burned them. Two of the injured people needed to be hospitalized as a result of their burns, while the third injured victim was treated at the site of the shipyard accident.
If you have ever been to a shipyard, you know just how dangerous it can be. There are large, looming ships everywhere. There are powerful pieces of machinery all around you. There is heavy rope; anchors and supplies; dangerous tools and, of course, the ocean depths; and generally speaking, the entire area poses significant risks if you don't have experience working there.