Twelve hour shifts, seven days a week. Most of us cannot even imagine working these hours but it’s commonplace for a Tankerman every time they are on a job. Sleep deprivation is a very real concern in this line of work as it can impair cognitive function in the brain and may be responsible for an increase in human-error, especially when performing tasks that require a combination of physical and mental exertion, which is basically everything a Tankerman will be responsible for while on the job.
In addition to the injuries that could occur due to accidents caused by sleep deprivation or even just the slippery deck of the vessels you are working on, there is also a very real and rather common injury happening among tankermen that is caused by continuously repeating the same motions time and time again for example, when rigging up the equipment used to load cargo. Repetitive Motion Syndrome (RMS) is a family of disorders caused by doing just this kind of activity. You may not have any visible sign of the injury, however these types of injuries can cause permanent damage to your muscles, nerves, tendons or ligaments if not treated properly. It is most recognizable when you find these tasks more difficult or painful to complete over time. It is very important that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible to avoid any long term damage.
If you have been injured on the job, make sure you understand your rights. Your employer may attempt to fight your claim by saying you are ineligible for benefits for a number of reasons. Watch this video from attorney Brian Beckom now to learn more.