Safety in the maritime industry will benefit from the reform of a maritime advisory committee, which aims to preserve the health and safety of shipyard workers. Our North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys understand that this industry is suffering when it comes to the high rate of injuries and illnesses that occur on the job.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that Secretary of Labor Solis will re-establish the committee of 15 members which is comprised of professionals in the maritime industry and who are selected to represent the community’s best interest.
“Re-establishing MACOSH will allow the committee to proceed with its important work to advise OSHA in protecting the safety and health of workers in the maritime industry,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. “MACOSH meetings provide the public with an opportunity to participate in committee activities on issues related to the safety and health of shipyard, long shoring and marine terminal workers.”
The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) was originally established back in 1995. The purpose of the committee was to advise on complex issues in the maritime industry with regard to occupational safety and health programs, standards, and policies.
The refined MACOSH committee will provide Michaels with advice on new areas that need attention or could benefit from maritime safety programs. Other areas that may need advised by Secretary Solis and the committee include: activities that help reduce work-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses; design of educational materials specific to each sector; and implementing and enforcing regulatory rules with the safety or workers in mind.
Shipyard work has traditionally been a hazardous job with an injury-accident rate more than twice that of other industries. Last October, an issue of Safety Currents Express reported the union between OSHA and Shipbuilding Group. The effort put forth by both groups will be focused on educating shipyard workers and employers about slip and fall injuries, along with other hazards that can occur on the job.
Offering tools and training resources to North Carolina maritime companies should help reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries.
When hiring new employees, the maritime industry should rely on the OSHA-created resource called Safety and Health Injury Prevention Sheet on Shipfitting (SHIPS) located on the Safety Services Company website. The document encompasses all the dangers and hazards of shipfitting by presenting actual shipyard incidents, as well as, solutions on how to prevent each danger.
Recovering your losses from a Carolina work-related injury or illness can be a long and challenging battle. The Law Offices of Lee & Smith have valuable experience in representing workers’ compensation claims all over North and South Carolina. Contact any of our offices at 1-800-887-1965 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.