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A barge is a large, flat-bottomed vessel that is used to transport heavy, bulk items. It is usually used in rivers, canals, and at sea ports. Because they are not independent vessels that can navigate the water, most need a tugboat to help transport them. They are a critical means of transport of heavy, bulk items.
- Barracks barge
- Dry bulk cargo barge
- Barges carrying liquid cargo, such as petrochemicals, fertilizers, and important industrial liquids
- Car-float barge
- Power barge (portable power plant)
Because a barge most often needs a tugboat to help move it, the connections between the tug and the barge can be problematic and lead to injury. Whether it is a faulty towing cable, or an inexperienced person at the helm, crewmembers can be injured. In addition, barge workers are often lifting very heavy cargo and working long shifts. Fatigue combined with dangerous manual labor creates an atmosphere ripe for workplace
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