Longshoremen have very dangerous, demanding jobs. They have to work at all times of the day and night and through all kinds of unpleasant weather. Their very demanding jobs often come with competitive pay as a way to offset the risk inherent in the profession.
Longshoremen who do get hurt on the job often have a more complex process than “traditional” workers do when they need compensation. They need to bring a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, as opposed to filing a basic workers’ compensation claim. The following are some of the job risks that might leave someone in need of compensation while working as a longshoreman.
Accidental contact with objects
There are many moving parts at a harbor. The containers on a boat can shift. The forklift used to load the vessels could strike someone. Contact with objects can cause broken bones, crushing injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Workers often need a temporary leave of absence to recover and will likely also require medical support for their injuries.
Slips, trips and falls
Longshoremen work during times of inclement weather in an environment that is damp even on the best days. Although they may invest in specialty footwear, the risk of slipping and falling is still a constant safety hazard. Falls can lead to broken bones, soft tissue injuries and brain injuries.
Improper gear handling
Some longshoremen just starting their careers don’t receive proper training about safety equipment. Others may have years of experience and could become complacent, which could lead to someone else getting hurt. Gear, including safety equipment, can be dangerous when improperly used or inadequately maintained.
Being aware of the top safety risks on the job can help longshoremen avoid injury and/or more effectively handle the aftermath of a situation that results in medical consequences.