Seafarers should be safe and sound when they come back from a voyage
On June 18-19 Kaliningrad will become the safest maritime city in Russia. A workshop of SUR's labour inspectors will be held there. The experts from all territorial and regional organizations of the Seafarers' Union of Russia (SUR) will come together to discuss the vital and urge problems of the maritime industry linked with the labour safety.
The short list of the issues which will be discussed during the Kaliningrad meeting includes: taking part in the commissions to investigate the occupational injuries and also in the court hearings to protect the injured seafarers and their survivors; the seafarers' complaint procedures; the enforcement of the national and international sanitary regulations on a shipboard; the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention standards into the Russian legislation.
The main task of the meeting is to share the experience and to assess the knowledge of the SUR's labour inspectors. For two days the participants will listen to the lectures on core subjects. Evgeny Khizhnyak, who is the chief labour inspector at the SUR, will tell about the results of the V All-Russia Safety Week and analyze in detail all documents which have been introduced during the meeting held in Sochi at the end of April. He will tell about the investigations of the occupational injury cases on the Russian and foreign ships and highlight the most notable examples in his experience.
Additionally, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), around 2,3 million men and women loss their lives in the occupational accidents or due to the occupational diseases every year. It means that 6,000 people die every day or one person - every 15 seconds. The crews of the seagoing ships are among the top-10 professions exposed to the high level of injuries. Unfortunately, the industry that has taken a great step towards the ship design, modern ships building and the introduction of the state-of-art technologies, remains the most dangerous field.
That's why the labour inspectors and their works have the great importance for the seafarers' health and life. On their return in the regions, they will continue to visit the vessels at the ports, provide recommendations for the members of the ship committees to bring the ships' labour requirements in line with the national and international standards and actively spread the information on reducing the occupational injuries among the crew members.
“Our task is to provide the safe and sound return of seafarers while they get the decent wages,” Yevgeny Khizhnyak said.