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Safety working aloft or overside Dangers

Britannia P&I Club issued Health Watch Volume 2, Issue 3 December 2013 including accident prevention. If you fall from a height, whether overboard or onto the deck, this could be fatal or you could be seriously injured. If you dont follow proper procedures, or if you use faulty or old equipment, this could result in a fall. You could also put yourself and people working below you at risk if tools or other objects are not secured properly and are dropped from a height.

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Trauma care unit for piracy-affected seafarers

Each unit will have a psychologist, psychiatrist and counsellors to assist hostage seafarers A special trauma management care unit (TMU) for seafarers and their families, affected by Somali piracy, will be established by city-based organisations - the Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI, Pune Chapter), the Institute of Marine Engineers and the Indian Maritime Foundation. The TMU will initially be a mobile unit in Pune city. Later, it would be extended to New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata.Each unit will have a psychologist, psychiatrist and counsellors to assist hostage seafarers and their families handle mental and emotional trauma. Although there are no fresh cases of piracy affecting seafarers in Pune currently, this will be a mobile trauma unit and the team will go wherever required. Speaking on this initiative, Capt Sudhir Subhedar, chairman, CMMI, Pune chapter, said a proper process has been established to counsel seafarers during crisis situations.Counselling will be done by a team of psychologists and counsellors with the help of volunteers from the maritime fraternity. This will include counselling provided during the captivity of the seafarers, when the team will meet the family.Counselling will also be given on the release of the seafarers, teaching the family about ...

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Yale School of Medicine and Future Care, Announce Joint Study of Seafarer Health

The study will examine the predictors of injury and acute illness in seamen Future Care, Inc. announced the commencement of a pilot study of the health of seafarers around the world, in collaboration with the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program.Using Future Care's unique experience as internationally recognized managed care specialists for seafarers and its extensive database drawn from its Caring for the Crew program, the study will focus on injury and acute illness in seamen, a unique group for which there is little available health information.Seafarers around the world suffer from both minor ailments and life-threatening emergencies, frequently while in the middle of the ocean, far from any health care facilities and medical professionals. Greater understanding of the factors that predict these injuries and illnesses should enable both increased prevention and better treatment of health issues on board.Dr. Carrie Redlich, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Occupational Health, Environmental Medicine, and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, said, "A better understanding of seafarers illnesses and injuries should lead to improved preventive and therapeutic treatment for this unique group of workers, and to substantial cost savings within the industry, similar to the benefits yielded from similar approaches in other industries."Christina Desimone, CEO ...

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Worldwide study of seafarers’ health

Future Care, Inc. in collaboration with the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program Future Care, Inc. announced the commencement of a pilot study of the health of seafarers around the world, in collaboration with the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program.Using Future Care's unique experience as internationally recognized managed care specialists for seafarers and its extensive database drawn from its Caring for the Crew program, the study will focus on injury and acute illness in seamen, a unique group for which there is little available health information.Seafarers around the world suffer from both minor ailments and life-threatening emergencies, frequently while in the middle of the ocean, far from any health care facilities and medical professionals. Greater understanding of the factors that predict these injuries and illnesses should enable both increased prevention and better treatment of health issues on board.Dr. Carrie Redlich, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Occupational Health, Environmental Medicine, and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, said, "A better understanding of seafarers illnesses and injuries should lead to improved preventive and therapeutic treatment for this unique group of workers, and to substantial cost savings within the industry, similar to the benefits yielded from similar approaches in other industries."Christina Desimone, CEO ...

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