Risk focus - Burns at sea

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(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Burns are bad news wherever they occur, but when they happen at sea, remote from shore medical facilities, the consequences can be grave. Burns can be some of the most painful and dangerous of personal injuries that may be inflicted both at work and in domestic situations. The potential sources and causes of burn injuries can be varied and may range from a painful but minor inconvenience to life changing injury and death.

This Risk Focus, supported by numerous cases handled by the UK P&I Club, highlights the danger burn injuries pose to crew members, required preventative measures and the importance of seeking the right treatment.

Burn injuries are bad news whenever and wherever they occur, but when they happen at sea, remote from shore medical facilities, the consequences may become dangerously aggravated. A serious burn will require prompt professional medical attention and special facilities which are unlikely to be available on a merchant ship navigating in mid ocean. For this reason it is particularly important that seafarers are fully aware of the risks presented by hot (and cold) appliances and
systems as well as the necessary safety precautions to take, both on and off duty.

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Source: UK P&I club

 

 

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