ABS joint project reveals true costs of slips, trips, and falls

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The true costs of slips-, trips-, falls-, and lifting-related injuries has been calculated in the first report of a joint project between the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the American Club, and Lamar University. The joint project was established in 2018.

The report found that during 2013–18, out of 8,400 claims, 46% were due to these types of injuries. Excluding claims with no American Club costs, falls cost on average USD182,000, slips cost USD137,000, and lifting incidents cost USD112,000, per event.

The report data was compiled from American Club’s injury records and compared with data gathered by ABS and Lamar University.

The aim of the joint project is to reduce accidents and unsafe conditions on board vessels, while its long-term objective is to develop recommendations towards improving the day-to-day safety of maritime personnel. The data sources analysed cover more than 8,000 injury and 100,000 near-miss records from over 31 data sources.

Click here to read the full report.