Newly-Revised OSHA Directive to Protect Maritime Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) recently revised a directive to help protect those who work at marine terminals and the rest of those who work in the marine cargo handling industry.

The new directive helps to lay out the details and enforcement guidance for inspections of longshoring operations. It’s being used to help to minimize, and ultimately eliminate, work hazards for these workers. It’s focusing on requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) and the safe operation of Vertical Tandem Lifts (VTLs).
“Too many workers are getting injured on the job,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels.

Our Charlotte workers compensation attorneys understand that there were nearly 10 workers who were killed and close to 3,000 who were injured in 2010 while performing marine cargo handling operations. These workers oftentimes face serious hazards on the job. These areas are so dangerous that workers are to be provided with a Waterfront Commission Identification Card so that they can be identified at any time. This fast-paced work environment includes all kinds of hazards if workers and employers are not on the ball or lack basic safety training and equipment. Employers and employees are urged to review the new directive and to share the information with others on the job site. Awareness is one of the keys against work accidents.

Provided with the Newly-Revised OSHA Directive:

-Details pertaining to PPEs will be provided. These devices to be provided to workers at no cost to them.

-Information regarding VTLs. In this portion of the directive, there will be info on the regulations and the recent court ruling on a challenge by industry to those regulations.

-The new directive also includes Marine Terminals and Safety and Health Regulations for those who engage in longshoring activities based on Phase III of the Standards Improvement Project.

-Incorporated into this directive is the settlement agreement between OSHA and the National Grain and Feed Association Inc.

-There are also answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in the industry.

-Cargo handling health and safety information is also now available on the internet with various informational links.

Currently, the Longshoring standards and the Marine Terminals standards regulate this industry. The new directive is used to help to enforce these standards.

Hazards that Can Affect Longshoring Workers:

-Toxic Metals
-Confined Spaces
-Diesel Exhaust
-Metalworking Fluids
-Occupational Noise Exposure
-Hand and Power Tools
-Spray Operations
Some of the most common maritime work accidents happen during offshore oil rig mishaps, on cruise vessels, on commercial fishing rigs, on tugboats, on cargo ships and crude oil tankers, during the grounding of ships, because of drugs and alcohol, during crane mishaps, on shipyards, on driving support vessels, on barges and during cargo hauling.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a work accident, contact the Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 today!

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