Workers’ Comp Risks Faced by Marine Repairers
Building and repairing ships naturally comes with inherent risks. While the obvious perils, such as toxic chemicals and dangerous equipment exist, many of the exposures these professionals face has to do with working in confined spaces. Therefore, it’s vital that your clients be financially protected with the right Marine Workers Compensation policy, offered through Merrimac’s exclusive program for the ABYC. Furthermore, be sure your clients are aware of the following risks as they pertain to their business.
OSHA cites fire, asphyxiation, and toxic exposures among the biggest risks involved upon entry into confined spaces during ship building and repair. For example, let’s say a space has been fumigated or contains bulk liquids, gases or solids that are irritants, toxins, or corrosive- these pose significant health risks. Combustible liquids and gases also threaten the worker’s safety and well-being. In addition, oil, solvents, asbestos fibers and skin irritants are commonly faced by marine workers.
The first step in preventing these incidents is awareness. Your clients should periodically check the confined spaces on boats under construction as well as tanks on vessels that have carried gasoline or volatile crude oils. In addition, rust can dissipate vapor after the tanks have been cleaned, so repairers should be mindful of that risk. Lastly, the threat of asbestos, that are highly toxic in confined spaced, is one of the biggest issues for these professionals. As these are still used in certain applications, marine repairers should survey the surroundings and wear the proper protective gear to minimize exposure.
At Merrimac Marine Insurance, LLC we understand the complex safety risks faced by your clients and their staff. We are committed to the recreational marine industry, providing consultative loss control services and aggressive claims management. For more information about our products and services, please contact us today at 888.344.1687.