Maritime Falling Object & Swinging Object Injuries
They go by many names, including ‘swing accidents’ and ‘struck by accidents’. But whatever you call them, the risk of being struck by a falling or swinging object is just as likely on a vessel as it is on land – or, in many cases, even more so due to the constant motion of the vessel itself.
Whether it’s a large loading crane on a dock, improperly fastened nets for cargo onboard a vessel, or any other number of overhead dangers, falling object hazards have always existed in the maritime industry – and can place workers in grave danger without the proper safety precautions.
Common Struck-By Accidents
The causes of accidents involving falling objects or swinging objects can be numerous, and include (but are not limited to):
- Improperly secured cargo containers
- Incorrectly fastened or unfastened ropes
- Falling steel beams from ceiling
- Falling objects from improperly stacked inventory or cargo
- Cargo loads coming loose from cranes
- Improper use of construction vehicles on dock, or when vessel is docked
Anywhere an item is suspended from the walls or ceiling, or is stacked atop another item, the risk for falling or swinging accidents is present.
Common Struck-By Injuries
The injuries suffered by victims of a struck-by accident are frequently severe, and often fatal. These injuries can include:
- Fractured skulls
- Internal bleeding
- Broken limbs
- Spinal injuries
- Eye injuries
among others. No matter how serious the injury may be, immediate medical attention must be given for any falling object or swinging object injury.
What Can I Do If I Have Suffered A Struck-By Injury?
If you have suffered a struck-by injury while working on the water, and you believe it was due to negligence or oversight on the part of the vessel owner, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the maritime attorneys of O’Bryan Law today and we can review the details of your case.