Operating a cargo vessel in the Gulf of Mexico presents various challenges, and one that you hope never to face is having someone injured on board.
If someone gets hurt on your Texas cargo vessel, it is essential to follow specific steps to ensure their safety, protect your crew and fulfill your legal obligations. Here are the steps to take if you find yourself in this situation.
1. Prioritize immediate medical attention
The first step when someone gets hurt is to provide immediate medical care. You or another qualified person on board should administer first aid right away. Use the onboard medical supplies to treat the person until you can get them professional medical help.
After stabilizing the injured person, communicate with the nearest Coast Guard station. They can guide you through immediate steps and arrange for further medical assistance. Depending on the severity of the injury, this may involve evacuating the injured person to a hospital.
2. Document the incident accurately
In addition to providing immediate care, it is important to document the incident accurately. Write down everything that happened leading to the injury. Include as many details as you can recall, such as the time, location, nature of the incident, conditions on the ship and any steps taken after the injury.
Remember to take photographs if possible. They can provide valuable visual evidence of the conditions that led to the accident.
3. Report the incident
Under maritime law, you must report accidents that occur on your vessel. Contact the appropriate authorities to report the incident as soon as you can. This will usually involve the Coast Guard and your insurance company. Make sure to provide them with the documentation you gathered about the incident.
These steps will help ensure the well-being of the injured person, the safety of your crew and compliance with maritime law. Preparing for emergencies is an essential part of operating a cargo vessel safely.