The risk of worker fatigue in maritime accidents

On Behalf of | May 20, 2022 | Longshore And Harbor Workers |

Millions of injuries and fatalities from maritime accidents are reported every year. For most of these incidents, fatigue among workers is a leading cause. Workers in the maritime industry are sometimes subjected to irregular and extended shifts, given the nature of their job. it is not uncommon for one to work hours on end.

Without enough rest and sleep, fatigue is bound to creep in.

What could go wrong?

A tired worker cannot discharge their duties optimally. The physical impairment associated with fatigue can slow their reaction time or make it difficult to concentrate on a task. Slip-ups, especially on matters of safety, are common among tired workers. Accidents are almost inevitable.

Signs of fatigue

Perhaps the most obvious sign is drowsiness. However, other indicators could point to fatigue. They include:

  • Reduced concentration
  • Blurred vision
  • Lack of motivation
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Exhaustion, among others

Usually, the ship owners and managers should ensure that their workers get the rest they need. For instance, there should be enough workers with regular shifts and breaks. Therefore, if you are involved or caused a maritime accident due to fatigue, you ought to hold someone responsible.

Protecting your rights after an accident at sea

Following an accident on the job, you need to inform your employer as soon as possible. It is also crucial to document the details of the accident and injuries suffered. All these will come in handy when you are pursuing compensation.

The law governing maritime workers and seamen might be complex, but it provides many protections and benefits to maritime workers. However, it may be advisable to seek help if you do not know where to turn. It could save you a lot of time and effort while ensuring you get deserving compensation for the injuries you suffered.