ABS, the American Club and Lamar University join to stop slips-and-falls

What a great initiative! Let’s work together to keep mariners safe

Joint Initiative Tackles Common Causes of Maritime Accidents

ABS, the American Club and Lamar University are launching a new initiative aimed at reducing maritime-related safety incidents. The initial focus of the partnership’s analysis and industry guidance will be on slips, trips and falls, a significant cause of maritime injuries. Read the full article.

 

According to the Maritime Injury Guide, “slips and falls aboard vessels can lead to several serious injuries. The unfortunate fact is that some companies and employers tend to cut corners in areas of safety in order to save money, which leads to injuries that should have never happened.”

That’s just wrong. We have several ways to prevent marine slips-and-falls.

One of Safeguard’s very first customers is the largest tank barge operator in the United States.
Their safety policy states that all injuries and accidents can be prevented. A goal of zero injuries is considered realistic and obtainable.

With this goal in mind, Safeguard was consulted with regard to slippery ladders on single point mooring systems (SPM). SPMs are large buoys, permanently anchored to the seabed, with bearings that allow rotation so that a moored vessel can freely swivel. They can also include hoses for fluid transfer.

SPM access ladders are always wet, posing a slip-and-fall hazard and a significant threat to a zero-injuries policy. Plus, one of the worst places for slip-and-fall accidents is in the middle of the ocean!

Safeguard® Hi-Traction® Anti-Slip Ladder Rung Covers provide the quick, durable, long-term solution that our customer has come to rely on. Safeguard products are trusted in critical environments like these – you can be sure they will be effective in your applications.