OSHA’s Longshoring and Marine Terminals Guidesheets Help Prevent Maritime Industry Fatalities

longshoring-marine-terminalsThe Longshoring and Marine Terminals: Fatal Facts Guidesheets have been developed to help employers and workers in the maritime cargo handling industry recognize and control the significant hazards commonly experienced in longshoring and marine terminal operations.  The guidesheets address the most frequent sources of fatalities in the maritime cargo handling industry.  Each guidesheet contains a hazard summary describing the circumstances that may have contributed to the hazards and how the specific accident could have been prevented.

Each hazard summary specifically denotes the industry process, the employee’s activity at the time of the incident, the hazard to which the employee was exposed and the probable cause of the fatality. Control measures for preventing similar incidents in the future are recommended.  Illustrations present a visual depiction of the situation being addressed, and reference materials are included, such as the specific standards that were applicable to the incident.

The guidesheets are divided into three major categories: vehicular accidents, falls/drowning and material handling accidents, and reflect 42 actual OSHA case file summaries of workplace incidents in which longshoring workers were killed while performing their jobs.  OSHA’s goal is to help employers better evaluate their respective operations, take the necessary action to make their workplaces safer, and increase the safety and health awareness of workers by providing insight regarding accident avoidance.

See Longshoring and Marine Terminals: Fatal Facts Guidesheets.

The OSHA Training Center is offering OSHA 5410 – OSHA Standards for the Maritime Industry at the following locations:

  • Dublin, California | July 25-29
  • Honolulu, Hawaii | August 1-5, 2016

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