Shipping has been a constant presence in the upper echelons of lists detailing which jobs are the most perilous, and with good reasons.
Accidents at work on land are one thing, but running into trouble or suffering a serious workplace injury whilst out at sea, is another matter altogether.
Which shipping routes am I most likely to suffer an accident at work on?
As well as the ships themselves, there’s the considerable menace of the outside environment to consider. The following places require particularly special care, attention and caution.
The South China Sea and East Indies
Statistics from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) show that there have been 293 shipping accidents along this stretch of water since 1999.
The area is home to the Coral Triangle and contains approximately 76% of all the coral species in the world. It is therefore a valuable destination for fishing ships and those looking to make some opportunistic, not strictly legal, trade.Open Claim Calculator
The North Sea
Already one of the busiest and most frequently sailed seas anywhere in the world, the WWF have warned that the waters around the UK are only likely to get more and more crowded.
Current ship movement stands at 120,000 per year and the risk of accidents at work for staff onboard the vessels is set to increase as both fleets and use of the area expand.
Gulf of Aden
Workers who pass through this perilous stretch of water face an altogether different type of danger and risk of workplace accidents.
Attacks from Somali pirates are all too common on cargo ships passing through this area, to the extent where plans were made back in 2012 to deploy a special ‘private navy’ to help protect both ships and staff emerge unscathed.
What causes serious workplace accidents when it comes to shipping?
A large amount of the increase in accidents and subsequent injuries at work can be attributed to the vast increase of vessels roaming the sea. From around 85,000 vessels 15 years ago, there are now over 105,000 ships roaming the open seas.
Almost one quarter of those lost at sea are fishing vessels while cargo ships are the least likely to stick to a set route and instead indulge in some ‘tramp trading.’
Whatever your work setting, measures should be taken to prevent accidents and injuries at work. Accident Advice Helpline can guide you through any work accident claim.