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How can I stay safe onboard a vessel?

Maritime occupations are among the most dangerous in Louisiana. There are many risks aboard a vessel that can lead to serious accidents and fatalities. It is essential that every vessel is properly prepared to head out on the water and all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of its crew. If you work in the maritime industry, you should always be watching for signs that you are onboard an unsafe vessel. Recognizing unsafe conditions is your first line of defense against accidents that could claim your life.

Safety4Sea notes there are specific things you should and should not do to help protect yourself when onboard a vessel. It begins with ensuring you have received proper training and not being afraid to ask for more training if you feel you need it. You should also do a quick review of the vessel to ensure safety equipment is present and accessible. Proper signage should be clearly posted to alert to hazards and communicate safety tips.

If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, you need to immediately tell a supervisor. Enclosed spaces can be a huge hazard on a vessel. You should never enter a space you do not feel safe with entering. You also should not enter an enclosed space if there is an alternative option. Never ignore warning signs, such as do not enter, even if you are instructed to otherwise do so.

Employers should routinely practice safety drills and you should feel completely comfortable with all emergency procedures. If you feel you need more training, then ask for it. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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