Shipyard work is a hazardous occupation with an injury rate that doubles construction or general industry. Workers are exposed to constant danger due to the extreme working conditions, confined spaces, considerable heights, and surroundings. On a daily basis, shipyard workers are faced with a multiplicity of hazards that can be a great potential for many injuries due to the environments they are confronted with. Workers are consistently exposed to extreme processes such as welding, painting, and sandblasting that have a direct effect on worker’s health. Though better equipment and special tools have surfaced, many workers are still being injured while employed in the maritime industry. A good way to discover means of reducing injuries is to study incidental cases from the past and learn from previous mistakes. Identifying these key breakdowns in safety that led to major incidents and analyzing corrective measure that are readily implementable can create a safer and more efficient workplace. Learning from past mistakes in shipyards is vital if we are to keep from repeating them.

Safety in inland river shipyards has increased over the years due to many new regulations set by OSHA and from employers setting clear goals to reduce incidents by implementing a comprehensive safety program. With a team effort through awareness and proper communication, employers have surrounded themselves with specialized personnel to adequately train their employees and reduce incidents.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2019

Senior Project Advisor

Mrs Julie Boyd

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Safety Sciences

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