Hot Work Shipyard Accidents in Georgia

February 04, 2018

Georgia Workplace Injury Attorney Talks About Hot Work Shipyard Accidents

A Georgia shipyard worker got hurt in an explosion at the facility where he was working. The worker was performing hot work at the time of the explosion, which left the employee with burns covering nearly eighty percent of their body. The employee’s injuries initially got treated at one healthcare facility, and they got transferred to another facility in critical condition for further treatment.

Hot work refers to the welding, cutting, and brazing processes that are part of the shipbuilding and ship repair processes. Burns are one of the most common injuries to shipyard workers who are performing hot work. Sometimes, employees get burned when hot sparks or molten slag get trapped in their footwear or clothing. At other times, employees get burned when they touch a hot surface. This type of burn injury is especially prevalent among less experienced workers because some surfaces involved in hot work remain at elevated temperatures for a long time after the work gets finished. Explosions are another cause of burn injuries as well.

Hot work is a form of skilled labor, and shipyards usually reserve welding, cutting and brazing jobs for workers who have undergone comprehensive training and apprenticeship experiences that would give them the skills and knowledge that they need to perform hot work safely and effectively. Some shipyards even operate their own welding schools to help their employees learn how to do high-quality hot work and develop safe work habits. The safety component of a hot worker’s training usually includes instruction regarding the hazards that are inherent in brazing, cutting, and welding work, the personal protective equipment hot workers use to keep themselves safe on the job, fire safety procedures, and information about electrical hazards, fumes, and ventilation. Contractors who are working in shipyards where they are not employees are also usually made aware of and required to adhere to the same safety rules as the shipyard workers who perform hot work at those facilities.

Some of the safe work practices that employees use in hot work include education about temperature retention and hot surfaces, such as when to place flame resistant blankets or pads on surfaces that are hot or when and how to mark surfaces as "hot" after completion of work before leaving those surfaces unattended. Hot workers must also get educated in using personal protective equipment like hoods, flame resistant footwear and clothing, face shields, goggles with filter lenses, leather garments, protective sleeves, gauntlet type gloves, and hard hats with fasteners for attaching face protection. They also learn how to set up their work areas so as to prevent hot sparks or slag from starting fires.

If you or someone in your family has been hurt in a shipyard accident, a long and painful recovery might be ahead. Personal and economic stress often accompany the pain of a workplace injury because personal and medical bills and expenses can add up quickly. Your employer may have workers’ compensation coverage, which would allow you to recover medical expenses, a portion of your lost wages, and more.  In fact, if a third party other than your employer is responsible for your injuries, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent person or company, even while simultaneously receiving workers’ compensation benefits.  If you have been injured in any type of work-related accident, contact our attorneys at Montlick & Associates for a free case review.  Our attorneys will examine the facts and circumstances of what happened and advise you of your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.

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