Between 2017 and 2019, there were 173 ALMA claims in maritime operations involving motor vehicle incidents. During this same time period, motor vehicle incidents have cost ALMA members more than $4.5 million dollars of incurred cost with the average cost of a claim at $26,300. The injuries resulting from vehicle incidents are not only costly but long-lasting and debilitating. Most of the vehicle incidents were caused by drivers not paying attention or by hazardous road conditions. The majority of these incidents didn’t take place on highways, but rather inside facilities involving golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, yard-use-only vehicles, utility tractor rigs, shuttle vehicles, and recreational vehicles. These vehicles are often carrying multiple passengers, thus magnifying the number of employees injured in a single event.
Motor Vehicle Safety: What are the Exposures?
All vehicle incidents that occur inside of a maritime operation fall under the U.S. Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (USL&H). By following some simple recommendations, you can prevent exposure to injuries -- not only to yourself but others around you. This exposure also includes the high cost of vehicle repair or replacement. The safe operations of motor vehicles save lives and money.