A dock worker performs an extremely dangerous job in difficult conditions. The loading and unloading of container vessels presents a number of risks and can result in some of the following injuries and accidents:
- Falls from height
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Slips, trips and falls
- Repetitive Strain Injury
Falls from height
Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities. Many activities carried out during routine operation or maintenance can result in a fall from height. A fall from height at a dock could also result in drowning. Before any work is carried out at height, a risk assessment should be carried out and the appropriate measures enacted.
Slips, trips & falls
Over a quarter of all reported accidents at docks are slips & trips and falls. This is typified by working on uneven, wet or icy surfaces in adverse weather conditions. Slips & trips can be avoided through a combination of ‘good housekeeping’ i.e. appropriate monitoring and reporting systems, and by the wearing of appropriate footwear.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive Strain Injury occurs when a continuous load is placed on the same muscle groups for an extended period of time. Lifting heavy loads can increase the chances of suffering a repetitive strain injury.
Muscoloskeletal disorders often arise as the result of improper lifting or handling technique. It is important to adhere to the appropriate health & safety measures when lifting/manoeuvring any goods. In addition, whole-body vibration may occur as the result of using machinery on site.
Are you a dock worker? Have you been injured at work and someone else was to blame? You could be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation.
Choosing Accident Advice Helpline
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown