Many barges contain flammable liquids, and a chemical reaction or an open flame may cause a fire or an explosion on the tow. That is why OSHA says that all engine fuel containers and compressed gas reservoirs should be stored properly. They must be far away from any sources of ignition. OSHA suggests employers post the proper danger signs by these liquids and flammables and only carry certain amounts on board the tow.
Employers must provide fire extinguishing equipment when requiring seamen to work in and around flammable and explosive materials. It is also important for your co-workers to consider where the sparks fall when they are doing hot work, and to shield all fuel sources so that they are protected from ignition sources. Your co-workers should prevent electrical fires by making sure all systems are installed by a qualified marine electrician and that all electrical wires are inspected frequently to look for corrosion.
If you have been injured while working on or around a barge of any kind then you should seek help from a Jones Act attorney. The Dysart Law Firm, P.C., is dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured maritime workers. No matter what type of accident you were in, my firm has the experience you need in order to get you compensated.