With so many moving parts and a high potential for unsafe working conditions, ports face unique safety and risk management challenges.
Ports are notoriously one of the most dangerous work environments for a variety of reasons. Workers – comprised primarily of contract labor — are often untrained or not adequately skilled to work at height, operate heavy machinery, work long hours with often inadequate breaks, and may not even be authorized to be onsite.
Besides the human risk potential, the fast-paced port atmosphere can lead to falling cargo, exposure to all types of weather conditions causing unsafe surfaces for slips, trips and falls, equipment risks, and lone worker challenges. There are often pressures to load or unload a ship’s cargo quickly to catch a tide or to free up a wharf. Visiting drivers also want to pick up or drop off their cargo as quickly as possible and get back on the road. With ports, constantly changing circumstances lead to constantly changing risks
According to Ports Skills and Safety, these site issues account for 78% of reported port safety incidents in 2021 including slips, trips, and falls; handling, lifting, or carrying injuries; being hit by moving, flying, or falling objects; and driving-related incidents. At Damstra, we understand how all these risk factors add up. Our Enterprise Protection Platform (EPP) manages and tracks all your most important resources.