Dangerous chemicals, gases, and explosive or flammable liquids are often transported on barges and can become serious safety hazards to those that work around barges transporting such materials. Many times barges are outfitted with watertight compartments that limit the amount of oxygen and can lead to dangerous work conditions. It is important for employers to warn you and your co-workers to avoid going into these locations and shutting doors and hatches to insure safety.
OSHA explains many employees have been harmed or killed by:
• Oxygen Deprivation
• Explosive and Fires
• Exposure to Toxic Chemicals and Fumes
Whenever there is rust in an airtight tank, employees should not go into the room. The rust removes oxygen from the tank, and there will not be enough air to support human life. Also, tanks that are freshly painted will replace the oxygen with other fumes, and any employees in the tank can suffocate. Some tanks are used to hold toxic or harmful liquids and gases, so make sure to be cautious as you approach any barges or compartment containing these materials.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in the marine industry related to chemicals, gases or explosive liquids, you may have a Jones Act claim. You can be confident knowing that you choose to work with a Jones Act attorney that we will do everything that we can to help you maximize your recovery and seek the full financial compensation that you deserve. Call today to learn more.