Advancements in technology have made ships much more sophisticated, enabling seafarers to communicate over long distances and transport more goods and equipment faster. Making all this possible are the complex electronic systems and electromechanical equipment which are found these modern-day vessels.
For those who operate these maritime electrical systems, there is always the danger of electrocution, burns or even loss of life. Any of which can happen as a result of equipment failure or malfunction.
What are some steps that maritime workers can take to safely operate lighting, communication radios, automatic watertight doors and other vital systems?
1. Invest in long-term solutions
It’s important to have high quality wiring that are up to industry standards. Whether you’re a maritime company in Singapore or elsewhere, power cables should be withstand extreme temperatures and resist various corrosive elements.
High quality power cables are flame retardant and halogen free. This means that they help in preventing fire and damage from spreading or worsening to other parts of the ship or through it’s other systems. It’ll also prevent or limit the spread of corrosive gases which could be harmful to health.
2. Protect high-voltage equipment
Onboard electrical systems should be clearly marked and then enclosed. Exposed wires are at risk from spillage or other mishaps.
In addition, access to these high-voltage equipment or areas should be limited to authorised personnel who have the necessary training to handle such complex systems.
3. Conduct routine and thorough inspections
Maritime workers should inspect all electrical equipment like wiring, motors, switches and others for anything unusual.
Whether it’s spontaneous sparks, rapidly changing temperatures, or aberrant sounds and mechanical movements, all these observations should be duly noted. Inform the relevant officers or authorities thereafter.
4. Wear necessary protective gear
When working in high-voltage areas, wearing protective equipment is invaluable. Rubber gloves, knee pads and appropriate footwear will insulate you from electric shocks.
Prior to working, make sure to take off jewellery and other highly conductive materials.
5. Align with co-workers on what needs to be done
Before undertaking electrical work as a group, organise a meeting with your colleagues to discuss the steps and necessary protocols you need to take. Make sure to also go through the risks that are likely to happen in any event where those procedures aren’t followed properly.
This will help you come up with strategies in response to issues that may pop up midway. The more prepared your group is, the less likely electrical complications will inflict severe or long-term damage.
Your safety and performance is our business
Aside from electrical injuries or accidents, there are other risks which maritime works are exposed to when either at sea or at port. A publication by the International Labour Organisation shares finer details around these issues.
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